JDRF to Hold Inaugural Ride to Cure Diabetes in Spa City Sept. 14-17
LATHAM, N.Y. (August 25, 2017) — For the first time ever, one of the nation’s top type 1 diabetes (T1D) cycling fundraisers will roll into the Capital Region this fall.
From Sept. 14-17, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host the Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs. One of five venues chosen nationwide, the event will bring together more than 750 cyclists (512 of those will be riding with T1D) of all ages and skill levels – including 40 riders from the Capital Region -- as they fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research.
“The JDRF Ride isn’t just a bike ride,” explained JDRF Development Director Denise Nicastro. “It’s an opportunity for hundreds of riders to come together from all over the world to make new friendships, experience the unparalleled comradery of the Ride community and raise money to find a cure for T1D.”
There is a $2,000 fundraising minimum to take part in the event, which begins and ends at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Riders choose an event fundraising package and set their own mileage goal (25, 60 or 100 miles). Along the way, they receive support from ride coaches and fundraising experts who help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. During the event, participants join fellow riders in lively seminars, excursions around town, award dinners and team celebrations that lead up to the main event — Ride Day.
“Riders become a part of the JDRF Ride family, a community of all ages who return year after year to come together, inspire each other and raise money to fund critical T1D research,” said Nicastro, noting that the event has raised more than $38 million for T1D research since its inception. “In addition to the camaraderie, riders who complete their fundraising receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey. T1D riders also have the option to receive a special T1D version of the jersey instead.”
The Rides, which occur August through November, offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Other 2017 host sites include: La Crosse, Wis. (Aug. 10-13), Loveland, Colo (Aug. 24-27), Amelia Island, Fla (Oct. 5-8) and, Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 16-19).