Tour de Cure

May 14, 2008 | Cycling, May 2008

Cycle for a good cause with the American Diabetes Association

by Bonny Osterhage

More than one million Texans are living with diabetes, and an additional 440,000 don’t even know they have it.

That is the latest startling statistic from the American Diabetes Association. Even more alarming is the fact that, in Bexar County alone, the rate of diabetes is twice the national average. That translates into 14 percent of the 1,444,646 individuals living in San Antonio that suffer from the disease and an additional one-third of that population who are completely unaware of their condition.

The American Association of Diabetes is committed to changing those numbers, and you can help by joining the thousands of participants who ride in the Tour de Cure taking place in San Antonio May 17 and 18.

The Tour de Cure is held in 40 states nationwide and is the only cycling event in Texas that is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes, which is currently the fifth-leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

The tour consists of a one- and/or two-day ride from San Antonio to Austin via San Marcos. Riders select the appropriate mile-route for their fitness level and then enjoy a safe, supported and beautiful ride along the scenic back roads of the Texas Hill Country. Unlike a bike race, this tour is suitable for families, novices and cycle enthusiasts alike.

The fun begins on Saturday, May 17. Participants gather at 19500 Bulverde Road at 6:30 a.m., and hit the road to Texas State University.

That evening a party will take place on the campus, complete with dinner and awards for the top fund-raisers as well as the first-time riders. On day two, it’s off to Austin, where the finish line awaits at Akins High School on the south side of the city.

Breakfast and lunch is provided both days, and free showers are available at both finish lines. Lodging at the Texas State University dorms is available Saturday night for $40 to $50, and shuttles will be available both days for a nominal fee.

Requirements to participate include a minimum $150 in funds raised, a $20 registration fee, a bike, a willingness to have fun and a commitment to finding a cure for diabetes. Ride alone, join a team or, if you aren’t a rider, sponsor someone who is.

For information or to register call 1-(800) DIABETES, or visit Here you will find everything you need to get started, including training and fund-raising tips. This is a wonderful opportunity to do something good for your own health while helping the more than 20 million Americans whose health is jeopardized by this deadly disease.

South Texas Fitness & Health