Riding bikes to put the brakes on diabetes was the name of the game for the Tour de Cure, a charity event that took place earlier this month in Denver.
Denver’s Tour de Cure is one of the biggest events of its kind in the U.S., bringing in thousands of riders and raising millions of dollars for diabetes research and treatment.
The tour is a bike ride put on by the American Diabetes Association. This year it had four different routes: a 25K family route, a 50K route, a 100K and a 100-mile route for intense riders looking for a challenge.
"It's not a race, it's a ride," Suzanne Steven, one of the chairs of Tour de Cure, told CBS. "And we want to make sure that based upon whatever your age, whatever your physical abilities are on the bike, you can come and ride with us."
Among the 2,300 riders were hundreds with diabetes. They're called Red Riders, as they're identified by their special red jerseys.
"I'm doing training rides with my daughter and she's always wearing her Red Rider jersey, there are always people screaming 'Go Red Rider'," Steven explained.
The Red Riders serve as the inspiration and impetus for the race, but it's certainly a two-way street, with the volunteers, families and loved ones inspiring those battling diabetes.
The tour is a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. The money is going to several places, including 15 Colorado researchers working on diabetes research, Por Tu Familia, which is an outreach program for Hispanic people with diabetes, Family Link, a program that offers services to families dealing with diabetes, and EXPO, which is an information and resource exposition.
If you're interested in signing up for a Tour de Cure, check their website, as the fundraiser cycling events happen in 44 states nationwide. No matter if you're a beginner biker or an avid cyclist, there is likely a race for you! As you cross the finish line, you'll be welcomed as a hero helping to end diabetes.
In 2013, more than 65,000 cyclists in 89 events raised more than $26 million to support, prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by disease.
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