Tour de Cure Fights Diabetes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Diabetes is the biggest warning sign for Americans today suffering from poor diet and obesity. This heartbreaking disease changes the lives of millions of United States citizens every year. The Tour de Cure is a national event in 43 states to raise money and awareness for diabetes research and treatment. This Indianapolis event is designed to allow everyone, from casual bikers to hardcore riders, to participate on tracks that challenge a range of ability levels. Join the Tour de Cure on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and help Indianapolis people fight for better health.
The Tour de Cure is not a race. This ride contains routes for everyone, whether you want to ride ten miles or 100 miles. Regardless, all riders will be supported from start to finish with rest stops, food for fuel and fans to cheer. Each and every rider contributes in his own way to the American Diabetes Association’s biggest events in Indianapolis health. Last year, more than 50,000 cyclists turned out to 80 Tour de Cure events around the country. Together they raised $17 million to support the American Diabetes Association mission: “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every rider has their own reason for joining the peloton: to honor a relative living with diabetes, to remember a loved one lost to the disease, to stand up for their own affliction or to help the unnamed masses suffering from this disease every year. While each participant joins for their own reasons, they all get the same perks: a sense of camaraderie with fellow riders, a physical challenge, stimulating competition and the sense that they are making a difference with every dollar they raise and every pedal they push.
Do you suffer from diabetes? Become a Red Rider. Red Riders are participants who suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Denoted by a FREE recognition gift of a red jersey or t-shirt, these riders prove that diabetes doesn’t slow them down for a second. While the cause of diabetes is still mysterious, due both to genetic and environmental factors, the process is the same. Diabetes occurs in the body when it does not produce or properly use insulin. This hormone converts sugars and starches into energy needed to sustain daily life.

The symptoms of diabetes often go unnoticed, as they can seem harmless. They include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. Early detection is key to preventing the many complications that can occur in diabetics such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and nervous system disease.

Help put an end to this terrible disease at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, June 11, 2011. Register for only $25. Get friends, families and coworkers to sponsor you through donations. The fundraising minimum is only $150. The first 300 people to register and raise $50 toward their goal receive a free long sleeve t-shirt. Or show up to support riders that day in the cheering section.

Check-in begins at 6:00 am and the Opening Ceremonies are at 7:30 am. Enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through the 16th street museum entrance and head to the famous Pagoda. Choose from 50K, 75K and 100 mile track rides. Or take a more leisurely ride on the family/recreational track. Tracks run through the Speedway and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Tour de Cure
Saturday, June 11, 2011
6:00 am

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
3800 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN