Tour de Life Ride to Take Place on June 15

January 25, 2019

Join us for the 3rd annual Tour de Life ride to raise awareness of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Beginning at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo, riders may participate in the metric century, half metric century, or 1 mile fun ride. Register at racesonline.com/events/tour-de-life.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m.

Early bird registration is $40.00. Registration after May 31 is $50.00.

On Friday, June 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn we will host an early packet pickup and social event sponsored by Tupelo CVB at 5 p.m. Riders may also pick up their packet at the event.

FAIRPARK: In the heart of downtown Tupelo, Fairpark is home to a green space, a children’s playground, and splash fountain. You can snap a photo with the 1956 Elvis Homecoming Statue or Chief Piomingo.

PERK: Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving every participant of the Tour de Life ride a “Riders Perk” package from participating Tupelo restaurants, attractions, and businesses offering a lunch, dinner, and drink special and special discounts on tourist attractions only redeemable for this weekend.

LODGING: The Hilton Garden Inn will be the host hotel providing a rate of $114.00 a night for participants. The Tupelo CVB will provide two complimentary rooms for the Tour de Life event. Participants that register before March 29 will have their names entered into a drawing for a chance to win a complimentary room at the Hilton Garden Inn for two nights. (Winners must stay the weekend of the Tour de Life event to qualify.)

Other Lodging Opportunities:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites – 3070 Tom Watson Drive – Saltillo, MS – 662-680-6798
  • Best Western Inn Plus & Suites – 3158 N. Gloster Street – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-847-0300
  • Hampton Inn & Suites – 116 Carter Cove – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-821-0317
  • Holiday Inn & Suites – 923 North Gloster Street – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-269-0096
  • Candlewood Suites – 979 North Gloster Street – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-553-4649
  • Wingate by Wyndham – 186 Stonecreek Blvd. – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-680-8887
  • Courtyard by Marriott – 1320 North Gloster Street – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-841-9960
  • LaQuinta Inn & Suites – 1013 North Gloster Street – Tupelo, MS 38804 – 662-847-8000

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

Friday, June 14:

Evening: Hilton Garden Inn Pre-ride Social– 5:00 pm – early packet pick up, live entertainment, appetizers, bar – visit the restaurants in downtown Tupelo

Saturday, June 15:

Morning: Fairpark – registration 7:00 am – race begins at 8:00 am – you will ride through country towns and into the beautiful hills of northeast Mississippi –entertaining rest stops will be along the ride

Afternoon down time:

  • Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
  • Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
  • Event Zona Entertainment
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Chickasaw Village Site
  • Cinemark Movies 8
  • Ballard Park
  • Elvis Guitar Trail in downtown
  • Mall at Barnes Crossing

Evening:

You can still hear the beat of live music in the town that inspired Elvis to create his own. Check out these live music venues for unique sounds and swaying beats:

  • Blue Canoe
  • Nautical Whimsey
  • Romie’s Grocery
  • Steele’s Dive
  • The Stables
  • Thirsty Devil
  • Woody’s

Sunday, June 16:

At your leisure a fun recovery ride, the “Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour” takes you along the bike paths of Tupelo discovering Elvis Presley’s hometown history. Tupelo CVB will provide you with a MyCityBikes postcard at the pre-ride event on Friday night and at the ride on Saturday morning with the information needed for this tour.

We are excited to host the Tour de Life in Tupelo and invite cyclists and their families to come explore the beautiful hometown of Elvis Presley and tourists attractions around the area. Any questions about the Tour de Life, contact Susan Bonds – sbonds@msora.org – 662-841-1960 or Jeff Bonds – jbonds@nmhs.net – 662-377-4283. To find out more information about events in Tupelo, contact the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau – visittupelo@tupelo.net – 662-841-6521