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Tour de Fat eclipses $500,000 raised for Boise bicycle nonprofits

2016 Tour De Fat bike party rides into Boise

Thousands of costumed cyclists made up the 15th annual Tour de Fat parade put on by New Belgium Brewing Company, beginning and ending in Ann Morrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The Tour de Fat is a fundraiser for three Boise cycling advocacy
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Thousands of costumed cyclists made up the 15th annual Tour de Fat parade put on by New Belgium Brewing Company, beginning and ending in Ann Morrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The Tour de Fat is a fundraiser for three Boise cycling advocacy

As always, Tour de Fat emerged from Ann Morrison Park last weekend with wheelie-popping numbers.

The Aug. 13 festival attracted about 12,000 bicycle and beer fans to the park, and the same number for the bike parade, according to organizer New Belgium Brewing Co.

An impressive $63,365 was raised for the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bicycle Project.

That means Tour de Fat has generated more than $500,000 — a little over $513,000, actually — for Boise bicycle nonprofits during its 15 years in Idaho.

Nationwide, Tour de Fat has raised more than $4 million for cycling nonprofits.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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