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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Everyone who enters El Tour de Tucson hopes to make it across the finish line.

This year, three cycling groups are joining forces to reach a loftier goal: the eradication of polio.

Tucson's Casas Adobes and Catalina Rotary Clubs are riding Saturday's El Tour to raise funds for Polio Plus, a 20-year international effort by Rotarians that has brought the numbers of countries with active polio cases down to four: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria.

The two Rotary teams are being joined by the Rockin' Jalapeños, a philanthropic cycling team from Southern California. The Rockin' Jalapeños began 13 years ago, when a small group of friends formed a team with the idea of riding their bikes for a cause. Eight members of that team are traveling to Tucson to join with Rotarian riders in the hopes of making polio "a scourge of the past."

To donate to the fundraising effort, contact Michael J. Harris at 977-0555 or

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