Heads up to all of you "Tour de Fat" veterans and newbies, New Belgium Brewing has just announced 2014's city lineup and dates. It was back in 1999 that New Belgium began the running of the "Tour de Fat" and here we are 15 years later with the event being stronger than ever.
This year's tour will make ten stops along the way beginning on May 31st and ending on Oct. 4th.
The 2014 "Tour de Fat" will start off at Yards Park, Washington, D.C., on May 31st and then it will take a dip down to Durham, NC where Diamond View Park will play host to the event on June 21st. Heading back up north, the event will make a stop in Chicago, IL where Palmer Square will take the reigns of hosting folks on July 12th.
Checkpoint number four on the 15th annual "Tour de Fat" is Twin Cities, MN at Loring Park on July 26th. A few weeks will pass by before the halfway point will be marked at Boise, ID's Ann Morrison Park on Aug. 16th. After the Boise event concludes, New Belgium brings the show to the home state of Colorado. The event in Fort Collins will be hosted at Civic Center Park on Aug. 30th.
After making a pit stop at the Fort, the show will ride a short distance south to Denver, CO where City Park will corral participants of the "Tour de Fat" on Sept. 6th. It's only a week later when we will see "Fat" head to San Francisco, CA's Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Sept. 13th.
The second-to-last stop that "Tour de Fat" will make is when it pulls into the Golden Hill Park, which is located in San Diego, on Sept. 27th. Finally, "Tour de Fat" 2014 wraps up in Tempe, AZ on Oct. 4th at Tempe Beach Park.
Over the course of the 15-year history of "Tour de Fat", the event has raised over $3 million, with last year's tour raising well over $500,000.
New Belgium Brewing enjoys hosting this event around the United States, and "Tour de Fat" impresario Matt Kowal talked about the event and how weirdness wouldn't be weird, if everyone was weird.
"Here at New Belgium, we’re all about giving people who love bikes (and those still warming up to bikes) a chance to get together in their local park.
"It’s such a fun day for so many different reasons – we not only bring people together, but also teach them about great beer, and how to make a difference in their community.
"And the fun part is you get to come as your alter ego. We all have regular jobs, but who are you at your core? This is the day to show up as that person. We say it every year, but if everyone’s weird, then no one is weird!" Kowal said.
It's time to get weird on May 31st.