American Diabetes Association Hosts Tour de Cure Oct. 3

On Saturday, the American Diabetes Association will hold their annual Tour de Cure event in Springdale.

Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 43 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Last year, more than 38,000 cyclists in 78 Tour events raised nearly $16 million to support the mission of the ADA.

The local Tour de Cure is scheduled for this Saturday, October 3rd at Arvest Ballpark with 20, 50, and 100 mile rides. In addition to the Tour event, the local ADA organization will also host its Step Out event, which will feature the options of participating in a half marathon or a 3 mile walk. These events will have staggered starts beginning at 7:00am. Registration can be done as a corporate team or as an individual participant.

For those coming out to support a ride or run participant, or those who just want to be a part of the fun, there will also be a Family Festival running from 9:00- 3:00pm. Live music will include After the Scars, Brock Short & The Fire, Matt Jones, Blythe McCauley, Lauren de Miranda, Nate Hancock, and the Tony Hoyt Band, a fashion show featuring 46 models, a mascot “meet and greet”, a petting zoo, face painting, a magic show, a dance/cheer show, a photo booth, bouncy houses, and more! The festival event is free.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the only non-profit organization supporting all 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes—including type 1 and type 2 diabetes; children and adults. Since its inaugural event in 1991, the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure has enlisted thousands of individual riders and teams to support the ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

If you are interested in helping with the events, there are many volunteer opportunities available. There are needs for both morning and afternoon teams of volunteers. To learn more about volunteering, please email the local ADA, or call 479-464-4121 x6872.

Jason Minton is a guest contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. Jason lives in Fayetteville, and is involved with several Northwest Arkansas Non-Profit Organizations. For more of Jason’s contributions, visit his author page.