Cyclists from around the region will gather at one of three routes to participate in the event. They will join more than 50,000 other cyclists and volunteers from across the country. Individuals and teams composed of co-workers, family and friends are taking the ride of their life by helping raise funds for the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes. Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from 10-mile family rides to 100-mile century rides. The route will feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.
“Many people will participate in the Tour de Cure for the stimulating competition, camaraderie and physical cycling challenge. But the real reward comes in knowing that every mile they ride and every dollar they raise brings us that much closer to stopping this disease that affects about 120,000 people in our community,” said John Carroll, Director, American Diabetes Association’s Memphis office. “With diabetes growing at near-epidemic proportions, the need for funds has never been so great.” he added.
The Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees and pledges collected by the
cyclists. To register, cyclists can go to www.diabetes.org/tourmemphis or call 901-682-8232.
The 2013 Memphis Tour de Cure features a variety of routes including a 10-mile family ride, a mid-length route of 40 miles, and a 62-mile route
Locally, Tour de Cure is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Jim Keras Subaru, Peddler Bike Shop, Walgreens, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust, Mud Island River Park, Riverfront Development Corporation, Sanofi Diabetes, Whole Foods, Moe’s, Humdingers, Thomas & Betts, Memphis Health and Fitness, Emergency Mobile Health Care, and Miller Lite
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly
consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.