Colorado Tour De Cure Diabetes Fundraiser Bigger Than Ever

By Libby Smith

DENVER (CBS4) – The American Diabetes Association is holding its Tour de Cure fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Salisbury Park in Parker. This year’s event is a combination of three ADA events; the Tour de Cure that usually runs out of Longmont, the southern Colorado Tour de Cure, and Denver’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.

LINK: American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure

“We really thought that by pooling all of our resources, we thought we could have a larger event, and greater serve the community, and, in turn, raise more funds for diabetes education and research and advocacy,” said Deana Lehman, the chairperson of the planning committee for this year’s Tour de Cure.

There will be the well-supported bike rides, including four routes to meet the needs of all fitness levels. There is the 20K family friendly ride, the 50K, the 100K and the 100-mile century ride. There will also be a 5K fun run/walk, as well as, a festival featuring important health and diabetes information.

“We also have some really fun things going on at the festival in terms of like an inflatable obstacle course, a bungee trampoline, and a high jump, that members of the public are invited to come out … you don’t have to participate in walking or riding,” Lehman said.

The Colorado chapter of the American Diabetes Association is hoping to raise about $1.8 million.

“The money is used for diabetes education, and research, and advocacy. Most of the research dollars will stay here in Colorado with the 17 Colorado-based researchers,” Lehman explained.

Tour de Cure has long been a well-executed event that’s fun and supportive of the diabetes community. Some participants call it life changing.

“Everybody out there is running and riding for a reason. Our participants aren’t just out there because it’s a really cool bicycle ride, which it is, but everybody is wanting to give back and do more to improve the lives of those who are affected by diabetes,” Lehman told CBS4.

As at every ADA event, people who are living with diabetes and participating in the walk or ride will be designated by their Red Rider jersey.

“A Red Rider or Red Strider is a person with diabetes who wants to be recognized that way. We have very special jerseys for both the riders and striders, the walkers and runners, that say, ‘I ride with diabetes’ or ‘I stride with diabetes,’” Lehman said.

You can still sign up for Tour de Cure. There is a minimum $200 donation requirement for any of the athletic events. Anyone can get into the festival for a small donation to the ADA.

Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.

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  1. In July of 2015. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results whatever I did, I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 35 pounds in my two month and lost more than 8 inches off my own waist as well as I can exercise twice per day and still having a lot of energy.The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..

  2. patrick says:

    In June of 2015, it was discovered that I had type 2 diabetes. By the end of the month, I was given a prescription for Metformin. I stated the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140. With no results to how for my hard work, I panicked and called my doctor. His response? Deal with it. I began to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research. Then I found this resource goo.gl/fUAE0a . I read it from cover to cover and I started the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. Since then, I have a fasting reading between the mid-70s and 80s. My doctor was so surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin. I lost 30 pounds in the first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

  3. bachcole says:

    The American Diabetes Association is completely and utterly discredited. They are a shill for the pharmaceutical industry and the enemy of DIY healthcare.

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