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Tour de Tush Raises Money for Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Research

Tour de Tush, the month-long virtual cycling event, returns this year. Held May 1-31, 2023, Tour de Tush is hosted by us here at the Colon Cancer Coalition to raise awareness and support research into the rise of young onset colorectal cancer (diagnosed before the age of 50).  As an entirely virtual event, participants can take part from anywhere, on any type of bike, throughout the month of May. We’re excited to welcome back Olympus Corporation of the Americas as the presenting sponsor for the 2023 Tour de Tush.

Tour de Tush participant Kacie Kruger goes over a hill on her mountain bike.

2022 participant Kacie Kruger mountain biked for her Tour De Tush miles!

Funds raised during this event will support research around young onset colorectal cancer as well as quality of life issues for young patients. A March 2023 American Cancer Society report highlighted that currently one in five colorectal cancer patients is under the age of 55, a number that has been steadily increasing for several decades. This increase underscores the importance of awareness and fundraising events like the Tour de Tush. “Colorectal cancer is on track to become the leading cause of cancer deaths for adults under 50 by 2030,” states Chris Evans, Colon Cancer Coalition president. ”It’s on  us all to come together and raise awareness in our communities, and support research initiatives that find causes for this devastating disease and its rise in young people.”

President of Olympus, Julien Sauvagnargues, on a bike. Green trees are in the background. He's wearing a gray shirt, and red shorts with a red bike helmets and gloves

President of Olympus, Julien Sauvagnargues, participating in Tour de Tush.

Since its inception as an in-person event in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania in 2015, Olympus has been a dedicated presenting sponsor for Tour de Tush. We’re deeply grateful for their return and for the hundreds of Olympus employees who will cycle and raise funds for colorectal cancer research throughout May.

“Olympus is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Tour de Tush,” said Julien Sauvagnargues, president of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the virtual event’s presenting sponsor. “The new lower recommended colorectal cancer screening age of 45 should catch the disease earlier in people who are screened, and this is a great step forward. But we must also determine the reason behind the troubling trend of younger people being diagnosed with the disease at higher rates and try to reverse the trend.”

To register for the National Tour de Tush visit Tour de Tush welcomes participation from individuals and teams, sponsors, and corporations. Registration is open until the end of May. All registered participants receive a t-shirt and a medal at the conclusion of the month-long event, and are invited to participate in ride challenges, fundraising efforts, and more.

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Carrie says:

    I’m trying to figure out team registration.
    Do I have to register and pay for the whole team at one time?? (I can’t!) Or can I send invites?
    Help! In races I’ve done before I can send invites. I can’t find that option here.

    • Grant Berg says:

      Hi Carrie! Thanks for your question. You shouldn’t have to pay upfront for your whole team, and you can add folks while you set up your registration, too (when you put your team name down on the initial registration page, when you click to the ‘add friends’ page, that’s where you can invite others and register them right away.

      To let others register themselves, send them the link to the registration page, and they can either click ‘register’ or click your team name. At the bottom of the registration window, they’ll have a text box where they can write in what team they want to join.

      Hope this helps! Please feel free to email our event manager, Stacy Zwerdling, if you have any other issues or questions. Her email is

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