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Seattle Residents Invited to Help Fight Diabetes at Washington Tour de Cure on May 5 - 03/07/18

The American Diabetes Association(R) (ADA) invites riders, runners, and walkers of all levels to join the celebration and be part of the movement to fight diabetes by taking part in the new Tour de Cure(R), a fitness and community event happening on May 5 at Chateau Ste. Michelle to help raise funds to support the ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, nearly half of all American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and lower-limb amputations. As the ADA's premier fundraising event and one of the nation's largest series of diabetes fundraising events, Tour de Cure brings together volunteers and participants invested in stemming the diabetes epidemic and funding research to find a cure.

"Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, walk, or run-- it is a celebration of the ADA's mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much more support in fighting this disease that affects more than 650,000 people in Washington State," said Terry Pollard, Executive Director -- American Diabetes Association Washington. "The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary," he added.

In addition to the traditional cycling ride, this year's Tour de Cure event also features a 5k run as well as a 5k walk. The event provides a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends, and families to come together with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Men, women, and children of all ages from around the region will form teams and gather at one of five routes to participate in the event.

Tour de Cure is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with a 12-mile route for the occasional cyclist to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5k that you can walk or run. Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way. Participants who have diabetes get VIP treatment. More than 65,000 cyclists and volunteers from across the country participate in Tour de Cure events each year.

Sponsored nationally by Eli Lilly and Company, Primal Wear Inc., and Performance Bicycle, as well as locally by Northwest Kidney Centers, Swedish Hospital, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Walgreens, Nintendo, DaVita, and Slalom, Tour de Cure features a variety of routes: 100, 63, 30, and 12 mile cycling routes, and a 5k run/walk.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is the nation's leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the Association supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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