Cyclists from around the Greater New York region will meet at Pier 84 and follow one of five different routes, joining forces with as many as 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 7-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.
"Hundreds of people will participate in Tour de Cure for the 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 closer to stopping a disease that affects over 10% of people in our community," said David Herrick, Chair of the NYC Tour de Cure committee. "With the new diabetes statistics revealed earlier this month by the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, the knowledge that diabetes is growing at near-epidemic proportions is in our hands. Now we need to come together to raise the money that will fund the cure," he added.
The Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees and pledges collected by the cyclists. To register, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association of Greater New York at 212-725-4925or visit us at www.diabetes.org.
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.