Family of El Tour rider carries on his memory at race

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Family of El Tour rider carries on his memory at race

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Nov 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 24, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They lost a husband, a brother and a father. Just 10 weeks ago Scott Eisenfeld passed away suddenly while training for El Tour de Tucson. His family though still went to the race, with a special goal in mind.

And his family says he would have loved riding in Saturday's weather.

"He loved the rain, so he is definitely making his presence known," said Scott's wife Christine.

Scott died in September while training for the race with teammates.

"He died doing what he loved," says Christine.

His family wanted to make sure his memory lived on, so they set up a tent in his honor, hoping to sign people up for the Arizona donor network, something Scott really cared about.

"Just doing our best to turn this into something positive because that's the way he lived his life," says Scott's sister Devra Eisenfeld-Smith.

Scott's family also wanted to support his teammates who rode today in his memory. One of his teammates Christine Clayton described her feelings in two words.

"Very honored," she says.

Scott's heart valves will be donated, and the family is waiting to find out his match.

"He will live on," says Christine Eisenfeld. "As bittersweet as it is, he will live on."

And if they could talk to Scott.

"We love you and we miss you and just thank you," says Christine Eisenfeld. "Thank you for everything that you've done."

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.