Driven by the slogan "A day in the saddle, a world of good," more than 500 riders will strap on helmets and pedal toward progress at today's fourth annual American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bike race. "Not only have we seen a rise in awareness since we started the race, but it also gives a personal side to the disease," says Stacey Jones, spokeswoman for the Colorado chapter of the ADA. "We have a lot of riders out there who have diabetes and a lot of riders who are supporting loved ones who suffer from the disease."
The race includes three different course lengths: 25, 50 and 75 miles.
"The 75-mile route is actually the most popular, but the 25-mile route is really good for children and families," says Jones.
Registration fees are $20 per cyclist in advance and $25 the morning of the event; all participants must raise at least $100 in contributions.
"We have teams that have raised over $10,000, and individuals who have raised as much as $2,000," says Jones. "It's a fun ride with a mission."
The ADA hopes to bring in at least $125,000, which will be spent here in Colorado on research grants and education. The Tour de Cure starts and finishes at Loveland Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive in Loveland. Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m., with the first wave of riders taking off at 6 a.m.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/tour or call 1-888-DIABETES. -- Julie Dunn
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