The TREE Fund Board of Trustees, in response to the effects of the pandemic restrictions and risks, has postponed the Colorado Tour des Trees until 2021.
To enable the TREE Fund family to fully express its support despite the pandemic, TREE Fund is creating a new virtual tour. The details will follow.
Registration for the new 2021 tour in Colorado will open in January.
In announcing the postponement, TREE Fund and Tour des Trees issued the following statement:
We’re also thankful for your patience and understanding as we analyzed whether the traditional tour was possible, reasonable, and responsible. Among the many factors considered, registered rider responses to a survey were most important. As many of them indicated by their responses, an event held during uncertain times faces countless hurdles involving logistics, finances, diminished participation, insurance, public health, regulations, and more.
In the end, no matter what precautions we might take, the risk to rider and volunteer safety was higher than we could take in good conscience. You matter.
Our priority now is to get a virtual campaign underway. Happily, the new virtual tour will offer engagement and tree camaraderie as we carry on “Rollin’ in Place” this year (a lot of exciting fundraising incentives and ideas are in store!), with plans to host Tour des Trees in Colorado in 2021. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more information. We invite all to participate and look forward to engaging with you virtually!
Please note that, because registration fees cannot be refunded or deferred, anyone who previously registered for Tour des Trees 2020 “Rollin’ the Rockies” will receive a Tour des Trees “Rollin’ in Place” jersey. If you did not previously place your jersey order, Maggie will be in touch to collect your sizing information. Jerseys will also be available for sale; more details to come.
There is no way to express the depth of our gratitude for those of you who have already gone above and beyond in your fundraising efforts this year. We are grateful and will continue to pursue methods of showing our thanks as we work our way through these changes. (All prior donations will simply be absorbed into the virtual campaign, and riders will be included in all fundraising incentives moving forward.)
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and continued support of the TREE Fund. The funds raised by the tour are what keep the TREE Fund up and running and we are so very grateful that when times get tough we can depend on you, our TREE family.
Russell King, TREE Fund President and CEO
Paul Wood, Tour Director
Maggie Harthoorn, Community Engagement Manager