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Grizzlies and Memphis Zoo present third annual Tour de Grizz

MEMPHIS, March 3, 2011-The Grizzlies and the Memphis Zoo are encouraging citizens of Memphis to see all the bears in the city by bike and take part in the Third Annual Tour de Grizz on Saturday, April 2 when the Grizzlies tip-off against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Participants in the Third Annual Tour de Grizz will receive general admission tickets to see the grizzlies at the Teton Trek exhibit at the Memphis Zoo and then hop on their bikes and take the five mile ride from the Zoo to FedExForum to see another group of Grizzlies that has the city talking. Riders in the Third Annual Tour de Grizz will depart from the Memphis Zoo at 5:30 p.m. and be accompanied by a Memphis Police escort to ensure the safety of the participants as they make the trip to and from FedExForum.

"The Tour de Grizz has become a spring tradition here in Memphis, one that we hope will be paired with the excitement of playoff pushes year-after-year," said Greg Campbell, Grizzlies President of Business Operations. "This ride offers the opportunity to see two of Memphis' great attractions in an event like no other for a very affordable price."

Once the riders have reached their basketball destination they will be assured of "Bike Valet Parking" that will also be available at the Zoo prior to departure. Following the contest between the Grizzlies and the Timberwolves, riders will leave FedExForum 15 minutes after the final buzzer and return to the Zoo.

Spaces are available for individuals for $45 and $25 by calling (901) 205-1460. The Third Annual Tour de Grizz package includes a ticket to that night's game between the Grizzlies and Timberwolves, admission to the Memphis Zoo the entire day of April 2 and a Third Annual Tour de Grizz souvenir item to commemorate what is sure to be a memorable ride. Registration for the ride at the zoo starts at 1 p.m.

All participants are required to provide their own bike and safety equipment, including helmet and lights. The Third Annual Tour de Grizz will take place rain or shine. Fans who have already purchased a ticket for that evening's game against the Timberwolves are also invited to join in the Third Annual Tour de Grizz by calling (901) 205-1460.