Inaugural Chocolate Tour raises nearly $27,000 for cancer research

January 11, 2012

The inaugural Chocolate Tour to support cancer research to find the cure raised nearly $27,000. Cyclists, walkers, and runners participated in this event on Saturday, Oct. 1, which included a fun run, walk and cycling routes through the countryside of central Pennsylvania and the historic chocolate towns of Hershey, Elizabethtown (home of M&M/Mars chocolate factory), and Lititz (home of Wilbur Chocolate Company). More than 860 people from as far away as Michigan, Connecticut, South Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Virginia joined Pennsylvanians to support fundraising efforts at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

The Chocolate Tour Fundraising Committee would like to thank participants, volunteers and volunteer organizations (Kiwanis and Lions Club of Lititz), donors, corporate and community sponsors (Cargill/Wilbur, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific, Comfort Inn, George D. Boyer & Sons, Hershey Center for Applied Research, VivoPharm, PenForGel, Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center, and the Knights of Columbus - St Joan of Arc Hershey) and supporters (Hershey Foods, M&M Mars, UTZ, and Eppendorf) for their support and help in making the 2011 Chocolate Tour a success.

The 2012 Chocolate Tour is already in its planning stages. The event will include 8 mile, 35 mile, and 65 mile cycling events, a 6-mile fun run/walk event, and a full relay marathon that will allow teams composed of eight participants to compete.

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Chocolate Tour on Sept. 29 for a great event to support cancer research to help find the cure. For details, visit

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Last Updated January 12, 2012