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Tour De Cure for diabetes kick-off

The Tour De Cure, a cycling event sponsoring research into curing diabetes, will be held in Durham for the second time this year, and the kickoff event will be held at Pedal Power in Middletown, Thursday, March 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be food, and prizes awarded to attendees who visit each of the stations. Attendees at the event will be directed by arrows, similar to those used at the bicycle race itself, to various stations where they can learn more about the Tour De Cure, registration, fundraising, forming teams, diabetes, and bicycle training and safety tips.

In previous years, the Tour De Cure was held at Gateway Community College, but it moved to the Durham Fairgrounds in 2013.

Event chair Susan D’Orvilliers said she got involved with the Tour de Cure last year because her daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with Type I diabetes in Nov. 2012. When she saw information about the event posted in a local restaurant, she decided to attend.

Last year, 400 registered for the event and more than 300 attended. This year, D’Orvilliers said the goal is to try to get 450 or 500 people involved. Some people ride because of their passion for cycling, but many have personal experience with diabetes, or have a close friend or family member with the chronic condition. D’Orvilliers said her daughter will be present at the Pedal Power event to discuss the Red Riders, cyclists with diabetes participating in the Tour De Cure who wear red shirts.

D’Orvilliers said she is grateful to Pedal Power for hosting the event. Pedal Power is the primary, but not the only, bike shop sponsor, of the event.

“We’re really excited to have the kickoff event,” D’Orvilliers said. “It’s a great way to get people jazzed about riding, especially since we have had a tough winter and many people haven’t been riding bikes, except for maybe an indoor exercise bike.”



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