The Perimeter Bicycling Association of America's 25th El Tour de Tucson took place on 17 November 2007, with more than 9000 riders taking part--a new record. The theme for this year's event was the environment and the Tour was dedicated to Dr. Tatsuo Okada, Executive Director of NPO Global Sports Alliance (GSA) for his work in increasing environmental action and awareness through sport as part of the 'Ecoflag Movement'.
A special limited edition cycling jersey was created for the event featuring the Ecoflag and GSA staff and volunteers were at the 3-day Bike Expo, held from 14-16 November, to introduce GSA's activities and call on bike enthusiasts to "think environment" in their sporting and everyday lives.
GSA's Executive Director was honored at a Dedication Dinner on 15 November, and he joins an illustrious list of recipients, including Greg LeMond, Jeannie Longo and Paralympian, Greg Hockensmith.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Okada outlined his concept of using sport as a vehicle to promote not only respect for sportsmanship through "Fair Play ", but also respect for the environment through "EcoPlay", so that our future generations can enjoy sport in a clean and healthy environment.
This message was repeated to all the participants on event day as he toured the 109, 80, 66 and 35-mile start lines, finally taking part in the 35-mile event.
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