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2018 Tour de Cure: North Shore

Event Details

We look forward to celebrating our Living Red participants (riders, runner, and walkers with type 1 or type 2 diabetes), Champions (participants who raised $1,000 or more) and all our teams and participants on Sunday, May 20! Tour de Cure is a celebration of your hard work and dedication in the fight to end diabetes and all its burdens.

Whether you choose to ride your bike, run or walk all the roads we take lead to the same destination to fundraise for a cure.

Below you will find all the information you need to know about what to expect on event day.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy or Tara.


Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.  Anyone wishing to participate after that deadline can register the day of Tour.  All walk-on participants will be responsible for the $35 walk-on registration fee and the $200 fundraising minimum. The 100M Gran Fondo and 100K Gravel Ride have a $125 walk-on registration fee, plus the fundraising minimum.


All participants must be at the $200 fundraising minimum by May 20 in order to participate. Anyone not at the $200 minimum will be asked for check, cash or credit card to cover any remaining balance.  Your Participant Center will remain open through the event for your continued fundraising.

Hotel Accommodations

If you are interested in making hotel accommodations for the weekend of the event, we encourage you to consider the Four Points by Sheraton in Wakefield.  Contact the hotel directly and reference the North Shore Tour de Cure for reservations.


Diabetes doesn't slow down for bad weather and neither do we!  We will ride, run or walk rain or shine!  Please check the forecast and make sure to dress/pack accordingly.  In the case of extreme weather, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for any updates.

Route Maps & Information

Choose your distance and know that every mile helps make a difference.  All routes will be fully supported with route safety vehicles, mechanical support, and rest stops stocked with water, Gatorade, bananas, oranges, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars and other assorted snacks.  The 5K will have a water stop with no snacks.

Take a look at the route maps below.  Each route will follow designated color markings, please watch for route signs to indicate where routes separate and to guide you along the course.

Route changes:  All route changes must now take place on-site when you check in.  If you plan to change your route, please arrive based on the check-in time of the route you are changing to (not the route you registered for) and notify the volunteer that you are changing routes.  If you are changing to the 100M Gran Fondo or Gravel Ride, you must also meet the registration fee requirement for those routes.

Directions & Parking

The Topsfield Fairgrounds is located at 207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983.  Please enter the Fairgrounds through Lot A (south most entrance off Rte. 1, closest to I-95).  Get directions to Topsfield Fairgounds.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a volunteer and directed where to park.  It is important that everyone follows the directions of the parking volunteers as we have a traffic pattern set up to accommodate all participants starting/finishing and your safety is our top priority. There is plenty of free parking on-site for all participants, volunteers, friends, family and supporters.

Participants who earned VIP Parking (Champions, Team Week winners), will be mailed a parking placard prior to the event.  This should be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle and volunteers will direct you to VIP parking when you arrive.

Schedule of Events

Please plan your arrival to give yourself plenty of time to park, check-in, have something to eat, stretch and be ready promptly at the start time.  There will be a brief speaking program prior to the start of each route that will include ride details and safety tips.

6:00 a.m. – 100 Mile Gran Fondo/Gravel Ride Check-In Opens
7:00 a.m. – 100 Mile Gran Fondo/Gravel Ride Starts
7:00 a.m. – 63 Mile Check-In Opens
8:00 a.m. – 63 Mile Starts
8:00 a.m. – 30 Mile Check-In Opens
9:00 a.m. – 30 Mile Starts
9:00 a.m. – 12 Mile Check-In Opens
10:00 a.m. – 12 Mile Starts
10:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk Check-In Opens
11:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk Starts
11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Live Entertainment Start
12:00 p.m. – Expo and Festival Opens
1:30 p.m. – Awards Program
2:15 p.m. – Living  Group Photo
3:30 p.m. – Festival Closes and Event Ends

What to Bring

  • Helmet:  Every rider must have and wear a helmet in order to participate.
  • Donations:  We will have collection envelopes on-site for any offline donations and matching gift forms.  Please note, you will only need to turn in a collection envelope if you are handing in cash/checks.
  • Extra set of clothes (optional):  There will be changing tents on-site so pack a set of dry, comfortable clothes (and shoes) that you can change into once you cross the finish line if you wish.  Then hang around and enjoy the rest of the post-ride festival.

Before You Ride, Run or Walk

Coffee provided by Dunkin Donuts, coffee and a light breakfast/snacks provided by Einstein Bagels, and Water Monster sponsored by SBLI will be at the start line for our participants.

There will be basic mechanical support provided by Pedalin' Fools at the start line, but plan to have your bike tuned and ready to ride when you arrive on Sunday.  If you are in need of a pre-ride tune-up, we encourage you to visit one of our partnering bike shops:  Fit Werx, Seaside Cycle, Woody's Cyclery, Urban AdvenTours, Pedalin' Fools or Riverside Cycle.

Recognition Gifts

All participants who meet the $200 fundraising minimum will receive the event t-shirt.  Living Red participants at the fundraising minimum will also receive a Living Red jersey or tech shirt.

Participants who qualified for the $500 and $1,000 level gifts by May 2 will be able to pick up their items all day at the event, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

Emergency Number

Should you run into any problems on the route, please call our Command Center at 413-367-8687.  Program the number into your cell phone now so you are all set for Sunday.

In the case of a medical emergency, call 911. Please then call the Command Center at 413-367-8687 to provide details.

Event Site Map

You can view the site layout to familiarize yourself with the event.  If there is anything you need while on-site, please stop by our Info Table or look for one of our staff members in ADA/Tour gear, committee members in the white "Committee" hats or sweatshirts, or the Volunteers in the orange t-shirts.  They will be more than happy to assist and direct you or your friends or family at the Fairgrounds.

Once You Cross the Finish Line

  • Lunch:  Our post-ride cookout will be provided by Ipswich Clambake.  Lunch is free for participants and volunteers.  We invite non-participants to enjoy lunch for a donation of $5 to the American Diabetes Association. Tickets can be purchased in the Lunch Tent.
  • Post-Ride Festival:  There will be a live band, exhibitors, vendors, games, activities, awards ceremony and more!  Please keep in mind that Topsfield is a dry town and therefore the ADA is not permitted to serve alcohol at the festival.
  • Activity Zone:  The North Shore Tour de Cure is a family friendly event. Come enjoy games, giveaways, face painting and more!
  • Event Photos:  Visit our Tour de Cure backdrop to get your photo taken by the Lunch Tent. All pictures will be available online following the day of event!
  • Living Red Group Photo:  We invite all Red Riders, Red Striders and Red Runners to gather for a group photo following the awards ceremony at 2:15 p.m.  Help us cheer them on!


Day of event volunteers should plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled shift and check-in at the Volunteer Tent to receive your volunteer shirt, lunch wristband and instructions for your volunteer location and captain.

Any walk-on volunteers must turn in a completed waiver with emergency contact info, health care provider info, and sign and date the bottom.  Volunteers under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign and date the waiver.  Volunteers who registered online have already completed the waiver process during sign-up.


National Sponsors

Primal Wear
Kay Jeweler



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