"Red Riders" And Good Health Will Be Celebrated At The Region's Most Family-Friendly Ride

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Diabetes Association will hold its 14th Annual Greater Philadelphia Tour de Cure® on Saturday, June 7th, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With Temple University's Ambler Campus as its hub, over 1200 participants—from families with small children doing a Family Fun Ride, to 100-mile riders, to 100+ Red Riders with diabetes, will raise over $500,000 to fund prevention programs and life-saving research.

"Diabetes is very much a family health issue so we are encouraging families to come out and ride together. We will have a Family Fun Ride, Kids Zone, and family activities all day long," said Liz Scoropanos, Director of Special Events. "Moms and Dads need to have fun, too. We have a great line-up of bands and Wellness Festival with everything from chair massages to dental screenings and line dancing."

There will be an official medals ceremony at 2:00 p.m. to recognize the 100 riders with diabetes, known as "Red Riders". "They are why we ride and we will celebrate their resilience and commitment to healthy living," said Regional Executive Director Ann Meredith. Andrea Deutsch, a Red Rider Chair said: "I am riding to help educate those with the disease, both types 1 and 2, on how to better understand what they need to do to stay as healthy as possible."

The ride follows tree-lined roads in Bucks and Montgomery counties, with a 3 to 100 mile routes. The first ride, the 100 miler, goes out at 6:30 a.m., and the last riders return by 4:00 p.m. There will be festive send-offs for the 3, 12, 35, 63 and 100 mile rides. The largest group of riders is expected to begin between at 9:00 a.m..

The Tour de Cure receives generous support from Novo Nordisk, Merck, Janssen (a Johnson and Johnson company), AmeriHealth Caritas, Genetech, Lilly, Gold's Gym, GoMacro, Be Well for Life from Bumble Bee, Primal Cycling and other companies who are committed to helping to end the diabetes epidemic.

The address of Temple's Ambler Campus is: 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002

For more information about the Greater Philadelphia Tour de Cure and to register, please visit www.diabetes.org/tourdecurephilly or www.facebook.com/tdcphilly

Photos of last year's Tour de Cure are available. Call Liz Scoropanos at 484-883-3885, escoropanos@diabetes.org.


Since 1940, the American Diabetes Association has been guided by the following mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill that mission, ADA has served communities by offering education and wellness programs; funding research on ways to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; publishing scientific findings; providing objective and credible information; and advocating for those denied their rights because of diabetes. ADA provides summer overnight camp for children with diabetes and services for people with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals.

Over the years, ADA has invested almost $300 million and supported more than 2,500 research projects, with a continuing emphasis on training new investigators and pursuing novel strategies for curing, treating and preventing diabetes. These efforts improve healthcare, fight discrimination and increase federal commitment to diabetes.

ADA actively reaches out to diverse communities and groups most at-risk for diabetes: African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as youth and the elderly. African-Americans and Latinos are nearly twice as likely to have or develop diabetes. In Pennsylvania, ADA's Diversity Health Initiative, which includes culturally-relevant curricula and activities, reflects ADA's concern and commitment to those at-risk populations.

Last year, ADA of Southeastern Pa/Southern NJ/Delaware served 8,000 people with nutrition and exercise programs. Our Live Empowered program for African-Americans reached another 200,000 people with workshops and special awareness events. Por tu Familia, our program for Latinos, reached nearly 660 people.

For more information about Tour de Cure or the American Diabetes Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Area, please contact Liz Scoropanos at 484-883-3885, or Escoropanos@diabetes.org.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Scoropanos, American Diabetes Association, 4848833885, liz.scoropanos@gmail.com

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SOURCE American Diabetes Association



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