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Sheraton hotel in Carlsbad will host kickoff event for Tour de Cure, a cycling fundraiser for diabetes

Cyclists riding in American Diabetes Association’s 2013 Tour de Cure will enjoy brunch at Carlsbad’s Sheraton

This Saturday, Jan. 19 in Carlsbad, at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., the American Diabetes Association’s San Diego chapter will host a kickoff event for its 2013 Tour de Cure, a cycling fundraiser.

 

Saturday’s kickoff for the Tour de Cure will feature an optional training ride along the Pacific coastline starting at 9 a.m., followed by brunch at the hotel starting at 10 a.m. along with a brief program with information about this year’s fundraising ride. The kickoff event also will feature prize giveaways and camaraderie with fellow riders. About 100 cyclists are expected to attend.

 

The American Diabetes Association’s 2013 Tour de Cure, the 13th annual in San Diego, will be held on April 20 at Torrey Pines High School. It will be the event’s second year at the high school. The fundraiser is expected to feature more than 1,500 riders helping to raise more than $530,000 in donations for diabetes research and programs and services for people with diabetes. Five routes of 7, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles will be available for rides of all ages and skill levels. People who have diabetes will be recognized with a “Red Rider” jersey to wear on the day of the event. Registration fee is $15 per rider, with a $200 donation minimum, although the amount donated by most riders typically averages about $440, according to Jim Duckworth, 2013 Tour de Cure event director.

 

“The San Diego Tour de Cure boasts one of the most scenic and beautiful routes in Southern California,” said Duckworth. “Our cyclists are among the most passionate people anywhere who care about cycling, health and, above all, finding a cure for diabetes. Cyclists of all levels are sure to enjoy this unique day of fun, fitness, friendship and the personal satisfaction of completing a ride that moves us closer in our efforts to stop diabetes.”

 

For registration information about the 2013 Tour de Cure, visit www.diabetes.org/sandiegotourdecure.

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