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Tour Des Trees Bicycling Tour to Stop in Kent and Other Parts of Ohio

Cyclists planting trees
Coleman Group
Tree Fund's Tour Des Trees
Cyclists on the Tour de Trees bicycling tour plant a tree in Washington, D.C.

A seven-day cycling tour that combines bike racing with forestry is coming to Ohio for the first time.

The 581-mile Tour Des Treesstarts Sunday in Columbus.

J. Eric Smith, CEO and President of the event's organizer, Tree Fund, said the tour is about engaging the community in awareness of urban forests.

“Every day we have multiple stops. We do events. We go into schools," Smith said. "We do school programs. We do tree plantings, basically connect where we can with the community to get people thinking about the scientific side of the trees that we live with.”

The tour will begin in Columbus, make stops at Mohican State Park and the city of Kent before it loops through Cleveland and back to Columbus.

The Tour Des Trees will also raise money to fund research into healthy forests.