Tomassoni Tour: Bike tour for ALS coming this fall

“The Tomassoni Tour” is a bike race from September 14-16 on the Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota.
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 3:44 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - Never Surrender, a non-profit organization that helps families and patients battling ALS announced Wednesday they’re taking on a new adventure.

“The Tomassoni Tour” is a multi-day ride from September 14-16, 2023 on the Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota.

It’s named in honor of State Senator David Tomassoni who worked tirelessly to secure $25 million dollars in state funding to support ALS research and care services.

“The Tomassoni Tour was an idea that started a few years ago by Todd Lauer who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015.” states David Kolquist, President of Never Surrender, Inc. the non-profit behind the event. “Todd and Senator Tomassoni became friends through their diagnosis, and we were able to get the event concept put together before Senator Tomassoni passed away. It was an emotional day for all of us involved when we told the senator that plans were in motion. We are honored to continue his legacy in hopes of one day finding a cure for ALS.”

Tomassoni, who was from Chisholm, served in the Minnesota legislature for 30 years. He was best known for his work on behalf of the Iron Range, including the Mesabi Trail and Iron Range School of Engineering.

In 2022, Tomassoni passed away from ALS himself.

Cyclists will be able to choose between a full of 100-120 miles, or half course. There will also be an e-Bike option.

For ways to get involved and learn more about the race, you can visit Never Surrender’s website.

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