Tour de Cure gets new digs

Published 9:47 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories leading up to the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on April 28.

An annual race for a cure that’s held in Suffolk will undergo changes this year to encourage more riders, runners and walkers to help those with diabetes.

This year’s American Diabetes Association Hampton Roads Tour de Cure will be held on April 28 at the Suffolk Executive Airport, rather than King’s Fork High School, which had hosted the event for the last six years.

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There will be 12-, 30-, 63- and 100-mile routes for riders of all skill levels. Avid cyclists can ride down into North Carolina and back, while casual riders can simply do the 12-mile leisure course through Suffolk’s beautiful scenery, according to Robin Kantor, ADA Hampton Roads director of development.

There will also be a new 5K run and walk at the airport as part of a national change to include more participants. Every 5K participant will receive a finisher medal.

“No matter what road you take, you’ll be joining thousands of people across the country that have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens,” Kantor said.

The event raises funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy efforts, with thousands of participants each year. Kantor said there will be more health screenings available this year, plus kids’ activities and a family fitness area.

“Even if they aren’t participating in the event, we encourage people to come out and get screened for diabetes to learn their risk,” she said.

The fundraising goal this year is $450,000. As of Saturday, roughly $131,000 has been raised towards that goal and 492 participants have registered, according to the event website.

Participants will enjoy craft beer from Smartmouth Brewing Co. There will also be food trucks, Subway sandwiches and breakfast served by Suffolk BBQ Co.

Registration is $25 up to March 31, and the price goes up to $30 starting April 1.

Visit diabetes.org/hrtdc or call 424-6662 ext. 3269 for more information.