St. John Valley

Virtual Tour de la Vallee will support cancer fund

FORT KENT, Maine — The 30th annual Tour de la Vallee fundraiser will still take place this year but with a new format.
To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 among participants, the event, which raises money for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, will be held online as a “Virtual Tour.”

The Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund provides financial assistance to help family members and loved ones accompany St. John Valley cancer patients who must travel outside the area to receive treatment. The money is also used to help sponsor a support group for cancer patients.
“One hundred percent of all money raised goes directly to support local cancer patients and their families,” according to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund website.
Virtual Tour participants will still bike, walk or run their way to raising funds, but will do so independently over a 16-day period and track their results online.

Runners take off from Riverside Park in Fort Kent during the annual Tour de la Vallee on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Staff Photo/Jessica Potila

Bikers, including motorcyclists will try to complete a Century (100 miles), a Metric Century (62 miles,) a Half-Century (50 miles), a Quarter Century (25 miles) or specify any other number of miles. Walkers and Runners will complete a 3K, 5K, 10K or another preferred number of kilometers.
The participants will have people sponsor their efforts to raise money for the cancer fund.
Money will also be raised through a registration fee of $20 per person, with a discount available to three or more family members living in the same household.
Individuals who earn more than $100 in pledges will receive a free Virtual Tour T-shirt and everyone who participates will receive a medal.
The Virtual Tour will take place Aug. 1-16.
For information or to register for the event visit

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