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©2010 Bob Foster
Bike to Work with Mayor Foster
Bike to Work

In celebration of the upcoming 2013 Tour of Long Beach and to kick off May as National Bike Month, Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz and members of the Long Beach community participated in a bike to work day. The 5-mile route taken by the Mayor, Tony and others is part of the 2013 Tour of Long Beach course.

 

The Tour of Long Beach is May 11. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City, the 4-mile Family Fun Ride, or the 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo ride. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.touroflongbeach.com.

 

Above photo (left to right): Evan Kelly (Bikeable Communities), Mayor Foster, Tony Cruz, Kristine MacRae (Molina Healthcare), Nash Jacquez, and Ben Alvarado (Wells Fargo).

 

Bike to Work

Bike to Work

Mayor Foster with Ben Alvarado of Wells Fargo.

 

Bike to Work

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster helps to kick-off the Tour of Long Beach
Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster joined Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony this morning to help kick off the Tour of Long Beach with a tricycle race between patients and doctors. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach benefit the patients and families at the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s.

Tour of Long Beach

 

Tour of Long Beach

 

 

Tour of Long Beach

 

©2010 Bob Foster
2012 Tour of Long Beach: Mayor Bikes to Work

 

In celebration of the upcoming 2012 Tour of Long Beach and BikeFest, Mayor Foster and Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz participated in a bike to work day.

The Tour of Long Beach is Saturday, May 5. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile or 62-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City, or the 4-mile Family Fun Ride, or the newly added 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo ride. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.bikefestlb.com.

The Mayor and others met up on 2nd St. in Belmont Shore before the bicycle ride.

(Left to right) Charlie Gandy, Don Snyder from the Port of Long Beach, Mayor Foster and Tony Cruz.

 

From Belmont Shore, the group took the beach bike path to go past the Belmont Pier.

 

(Left to right) Mayor Foster, Ben Alvarado from Wells Fargo and Tony Cruz.

 

Approaching City Hall.

 
 

(Left to right) Blair Cohn from the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Tony Cruz, Gisele LeCou-Deckner from Miller Children's Hospital and Mayor Foster.

Thanks to all of the partipants for today's Bike to Work with the Mayor.

©2010 Bob Foster
Kicking off the 2012 Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster joined representatives from the Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz, Wells Fargo as well as patients and families of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center for the annual tricycle race to help kick off the 2012 Tour of Long Beach.

Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/Tour of Long Beach co-founder Tony Cruz gets a tune-up for his ride from Jax Bicycles.

 

(left to right) Dr. Jerry Finklestein; Dr. Theodore Zwerdling; Mayor Foster; Dr. Amanda Termuhlen, medical director for Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center; and Ben Alvarado, Wells Fargo.

Mayor Foster calls out the tricycle race.

 

 

 

 

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Celeste visits Mayor Foster

Seven-year-old Celeste Garcia was diagnosed at age 4 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most diagnosed childhood leukemia. ALL is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This disease progresses rapidly and affects immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. Treatment is very grueling and Celeste was in the hospital for months undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatment. A year ago Celeste was in maintenance but still faced potential complications with ALL. Celeste was one of the patients from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach that Mayor Foster rode for in the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

Now seven months later, Celeste reunited with Mayor Foster, during her winter break. Fortunately, Celeste is currently off treatment and enjoys singing, playing basketball and aspires to be a veterinarian someday.

You can read more about Celeste’s visit in the Gazette newspaper.

Celest tries out Mayor Foster's chair in Council Chambers.

Mayor points out the Queen Mary to Celeste.

Celeste tried everything - even the Mayor's glasses.

The Mayor shows off the holiday card that Celeste made.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: 2011 Tour of Long Beach

 

The 2011 Tour of Long Beach was a success!  More than $125,000 was raised for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.  This year’s Tour of Long Beach also doubled the number of riders compared to last year – more than 1,700 riders participated in the either the 31-mile, 62-mile or the Justin Rudd Family Ride.

Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors and volunteers! 

Kevin and Narbeh helping out at the bag pick-up.

Mayor Foster with volunteers Mary Lou and Jody.

Tour of Long Beach Volunteers Yvonne and Saira help with registration.

Students from UC Irvine's Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

(left to right): Dr. Amanda Termuhlen (medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital), Danny Sweeney (Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patient), Nika Susnjar (Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patient) with her dad, Kraig Kojian (Downtown Long Beach Associates), Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Tony Cruz (U.S. Olympian, six-year teammate of Lance Armstrong and City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador, and Ben Alvarado (Wells Fargo, Tour of Long Beach title sponsor).

Mayor Foster with his son Kenny at the Tour of Long Beach finish line.

Wells Fargo regional president Ben Alvarado with Mayor Foster.

Mayor Foster with Kraig Kojian (Downtown Long Beach Associates) and Angel, a Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach patient.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Bob Bikes to Work

Long Beach Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz and others ride with the Mayor to promote the May 14 Tour of Long Beach.

City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/U.S. Olympian Tony Cruz, Long Beach City Manager Pat West, Memorial Medical Center Foundation President Jim Normandin and others joined Mayor Bob Foster in a “Bike to Work” ride this morning to promote the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

“We’re celebrating May as ‘National Bike Month’ and our upcoming Tour of Long Beach by biking to work today,” said Mayor Foster. “The Tour is going to be a great event that takes riders through our best bike routes along the beach, parks and the two rivers. I encourage people to join me on the May 14 ride that is not only fun, but it’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The Tour of Long Beach invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

“It was last year’s event that made me into a cycling enthusiast,” said Mayor Foster. “I bought my bike for the first Tour of Long Beach and since then, I’ve made it a point to ride at least 100 miles every week.”

This year, Mayor Foster will be riding the Tour of Long Beach course twice as part of the Metric Century Ride. The Mayor also has a team for any riders to join called the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Helps Kick-Off 2011 Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster helped kick-off the 2011 Tour of Long Beach event today at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.   At the kick-off, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz challenged several young patients to a tricycle race around the hospital. In front of many doctors, nurses and fellow patients, Adan, wearing bib #1, won the race.

The tricycle race was a great way to celebrate the 2011 Tour of Long Beach, which benefits the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. For the second consecutive year, the Tour will take cyclists of all ages and skill levels on a 31-mile course throughout our City.  And if you’re up for the challenge, join Mayor Foster in riding the Metric Century, where riders go twice around the Tour course.  No matter which course you decide, the Mayor invites everyone to join his team the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

For more information on the Tour of Long Beach on May 14, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

(Above photo caption: Mayor Foster, Adan, who won the tricycle race, and Dr. Jerry Finklestein)

 
 

Mayor Foster and Brianna, a young Miller Children's Hospital patient.

(Left to right) Charlie Feder, Tony Cruz and Mayor Foster.

©2010 Bob Foster
More than 1,000 Cyclists Participate in Inaugural Tour of Long Beach

$60,000 were raised for Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

A total of 1,028 cyclists of all skill levels and more than $60,000 were raised at the 2010 Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 8.  The Tour of Long Beach proceeds, individual and team fundraising efforts will all go to support the patients and families of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

A check presentation to the Miller Children’s Hospital occurred prior to the start of the Tour of Long Beach.  Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Tony Cruz (former U.S. Olympian, six-year team mate of Lance Armstrong and City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador) presented the oversized check to Dr. Jerry Finklestein (medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital).

The 31- mile course began in Downtown Long Beach at the Marina Green, where riders experienced all that Long Beach has to offer: Pacific Ocean views, inland bays and waterways, a bustling downtown waterfront, scenic parks, and dozens of unique neighborhoods.  There was also an option to ride the Tour of Long Beach loop twice for 62 miles – a Metric Century.  In addition, the Tour of Long Beach Family Ride took riders of all ages on a 4-mile loop along the beautiful Long Beach waterfront.

The Tour of Long Beach was the newest addition to the Long Beach Bike Festival.

Long Beach was recently named by Bicycle Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.  For more information on Long Beach’s plan to become one of the most bike friendly urban cities, please visit www.bikelongbeach.org.

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