Tour de Cure raises money, awareness for diabetes

Sept. 7 event designed for all levels of cyclists, runners and walkers

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Runners, walkers and riders of all levels can help in the fight against diabetes in September by participating in the Tour de Cure, a fitness and community fundraising event presented by the American Diabetes Association.

Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, according to a news release. In addition, nearly half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, the release said. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations, the release said.

The American Diabetes Association’s premier fundraising event, this year’s Tour de Cure is Sept. 7 at Salisbury Park in Parker. The tour is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with 10-mile routes for the occasional cyclist to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5k run or walk. Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way.

Participants who have diabetes get VIP treatment. More than 30,680 participants and volunteers from across the country participate in tour events each year.

“Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, walk or run — it is a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes,” Lindsay Phelan, the association’s associate director of development, said in the release. “Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much more support in fighting this disease that affects 400,000 people in Colorado. The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary to help us bend the curve on this epidemic.”

To register, go to www.diabetes.org/coloradotourdecure or call 720-855-1102.

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