Tour de Pier to Feature Celebrity LineupMay 17, 2023 01:27AM ● By Mb News Staff
Riders at the 2022 Tour de Pier in Manhattan Beach.
The Tour de Pier, Manhattan Beach's unique outdoor stationary cycling fundraiser for cancer research, is planning a star-studded lineup for its 11th anniversary on Sunday, May 21.
The award-winning fitness fundraiser is scheduled to feature Mike Bohn (USC Athletic Director); Michael Davis (Los Angeles Chargers); Alexi Lalas (Fox Sports Commentator and U.S. Soccer Legend); Peyton Elizabeth Lee (actress); Matt Leinart (former NFL player); and John Thorrington (Co-President, LA Football Club).
Hosted by Fox Sports Commentator Rob Stone, the Tour de Pier will take place at the Manhattan Beach Pier from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“We are honored to welcome the return of our celebrity friends while embracing new friends to the Tour de Pier family,” said Heath Gregory, co-founder of the Tour de Pier, in a statement. “It is with their unending support and unwavering commitment to finding a cancer cure that the Tour de Pier continues to thrive. Their endurance and passion for fighting against this disease and helping save lives are admirable, and we are excited to have them join us.”
Thousands of riders are expected to participate through five 50-minute sessions with energizing music while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to stationary cycling, there will be a free health & fitness expo, an interactive health and fitness booth, and a Cardio Kids Zone with tot-sized stationary bikes, games, moon bounces and more.
One of the top highlights of the Tour de Pier will be a flyover performance by the Tiger Squadron. The Southern California’s premier precision formation flying team will fly over the Manhattan Beach Pier, remembering those who lost their battle with cancer as well as saluting the fundraiser and its warriors in honoring Tour de Pier’s legacy to service.
The Tour de Pier benefits three nonprofit cancer organizations dedicated to helping save lives and providing support services for patients and families: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community South Bay, and the Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer Research.
Since debuting in 2013, the Tour de Pier has raised more than $10.5 million dollars for cancer charities. The 2022 Tour de Pier returned in full force after a COVID break, bringing in a record $1.2 million.