The American Diabetes Association is challenging riders to be part of the Stop Diabetes® movement by taking part in the annual Tour de Cure®, a cycling event happening on May 18, 2014 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds to help raise funds to change the future of diabetes and help stop this devastating disease.
Cyclists from around the region will gather to participate in one of four routes at the event. They will join more than 65,000 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 the 15-mile family rides to 100-mile Gran Fondo century rides. The routes 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 360,000 adults in our community,” said Chris Boynton, American Diabetes Association’s New England 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.
The National sponsors of the Tour de Cure are Lilly Diabetes, Primal Wear, Go Macro, and Gold’s Gym. National Teams include Johnson & Johnson, WalMart, Lockheed Martin, Gold’s Gym, Cisco Systems, Dignity Memorial, Bio Rad, and more; Locally by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Summit Partners, Boston Scientific Corporation, and North Shore Magazine; and Regionally by Subaru of New England and Novo Nordisk. Each Tour de Cure features a variety of routes.
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. www.diabetes.org/nsmedia.
The North Shore Tour de Cure routes include:
100 Mile Gran Fondo- This is an epic route including two timed segments for fantastic prizes, challenging climbs and a variety of terrain.
62 Mile Route- This route travels through the beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts including the scenic countryside and local communities.
31 Mile Route- This route travels through picturesque North Shore landscapes with beautiful views and scenic roads.
15 Mile Route- Great for avid and newer cyclists alike this route will travel through charming North Shore countryside.