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      Help fight diabetes, join Tour de Cure

      Help fight diabetes and join me at the Tour de Cure on Sunday June 5th in Verona Beach.

      The Tour de Cure is a scenic bicycle ride benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The event features routes for cyclists of all levels ranging from a 15 mile family fun ride to a challenging 100 mile century ride. The 62.5 and 100 mile rides do a complete loop around Oneida Lake. There are rest stops along the way with snacks and drinks to keep you going great in the saddle. The start and finish is at Verona Beach State Park. And at the end there is a victory party complete with food, drink, music and more.

      There is also a competitive side to the Tour de Cure with teams of riders not trying to clock the fastest times, but to see who can raise the most in donations. Funds rose through the Tour de Cure support diabetes research, advocacy and education.

      The event also raises general public knowledge about the ways in which exercise and a health diet contribute to the prevention of diabetes. The Tour de Cure is a nation wide series with rides in 42 states and 89 cities. Over 50,000 people took part across the nation in 2010.

      At the event you TMll notice quite a few riders wearing red jerseys. These are people who live with diabetes and showcase the courage it takes to live every day with this difficult disease.

      I was personally inspired to take part in the Tour de Cure because of a few members of my immediate family who have diabetes. My brother in law, my grandmother and my sister have all battled the disease. I could easily see myself heading in that direction as I age and have had a life long battle with weight and being healthy. I will be taking the 62.5 mile route at the Tour de Cure.

      Rain or shine this is sure to be a good time and I hope to see you there!