Drivers can support Tour

Published 1:33 am Saturday, April 8, 2017

While cyclists are getting their ride on during the Tour de Cure later this month, those who prefer to drive will still be able to support the American Diabetes Association.

Barton Ford has partnered with the Hampton Roads Tour de Cure to present a fundraiser called “Drive 4 UR Community” that allows folks to test-drive new vehicles. For every new Ford vehicle taken for a test drive from Barton Ford on April 29, the company will donate $20 to the American Diabetes Association.

This is the third year of the event, Barton Ford of Suffolk President Bob Barton said.

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“We’re involved with a number of charities and always have been,” Barton said. “This seemed to be a good one for us to participate in Suffolk, because it’s a good cause.”

Barton noted that, according to the American Diabetes Association, 9.3 percent of Americans had diabetes in 2012. Of those, many were undiagnosed. It is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.

“I think it’s a pretty important one,” Barton said. “I think it’s a great way to get people involved in a healthy exercise and support the cause at the same time.”

Barton said he doesn’t yet know what models will be available for test drives, but it will likely include old favorites like the Mustang and F-150 and models like the Edge and Explorer.

“We hope everybody comes out for a great ride, either on your bicycle or in a Barton Ford vehicle,” Barton said.

The 2017 Hampton Roads Tour de Cure will take place April 29, beginning and ending at King’s Fork High School. The route options are 10, 25, 65 or 100 miles.

There is a $25 registration fee and a $200 fundraising minimum. The fundraising goal is $450,000; so far about $203,000 has been raised.

Visit for more information about the fundraiser or to volunteer.