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2018 Tour de Cure: St. Louis

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What is Tour de Cure?

Tour de Cure is the American Diabetes Association's signature fundraising event. With strong support from the business community including sponsorship and corporate teams, the events raise funds for research, advocacy, programs and education.

How can I participate in Tour de Cure?

New! You can choose to ride, run or walk in the Tour de Cure. The Tour de Cure was expanded to include more people in our community who want to support those living with diabetes. You can start or join a team or participate as an individual. Members of a team do not have to choose the same activity or route. Take your first step and register today.

What is involved in participating in Tour de Cure?

Participants register and recruit friends, family and co-workers to join them or to ask for support with fundraising. Event day is a party to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of the teams and individual participants as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.

I see this event has a fundraising minimum. Can I still participate if I don’t raise that amount?

No. The American Diabetes Association is a non-profit organization with a mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. That mission creates an imperative and constantly growing need for programs offered by the Association.

For raising the minimum fundraising goal or more, you will be offered a fantastic event that is fully supported with SAG (Support And Gear), bike mechanic support, medical personnel, well-marked routes, fully stocked rest stops, an event t-shirt, meal after your ride or run or walk, extra perks and much more!

Can my child participate with me?

Yes, but you or an appointed adult guardian must remain with the minor (under age 18) at all times. If participating, the minor is also responsible for fundraising and is required to wear a helmet, if riding. Please use your best judgment based on the skill and maturity level of your child. If riding, we strongly recommend that prior to the Tour you enroll your children in a Road One course offered for families by your local chapter of the League of American Bicyclists. This will teach him or her the importance of riding on the side of the road and they will learn valuable skills for riding with other cyclists in traffic. Children who are in strollers or bike carriers need not be registered and are not required to meet any fundraising minimum, but you will have to fill out an Emergency Information Form for them at registration.

Can non-registered friends and family participate in the finish line festivities?

Friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to join you at the finish line! There will be activities on site they may want to join as well. Keep in mind that the lunch that is served is for participants and volunteers only and they may be required to pay for lunch.

What is the distance of a route?

There are route lengths based on the activity you choose. From the avid cyclist to the family walking with children, there is a choice you will love. Please go to the Event Information page to learn more.

Where can I park?  Please view our Event Parking Map.

In order to be prepared for Event Day, please review the following information!

Recognition Gifts

New in 2018:   All participants who meet the $200 fundraising minimum ($50 for children 12 and under) will receive a 2018 Tour de Cure commemorative t-shirt and finisher medal after you complete your ride/run/walk.  If you raised $500 or $1,000 before May 14th and completed a survey asking for your gift preference, you will be able to pick up your thank you gift(s) at the Gift Fulfillment Booth.  For all participants who did not respond to the survey or qualified later, we will survey you for your gift preference and send you your thank you rewards after the event.  Those gifts will be sent to you 4 to 6 weeks following the event.  Local staff will work with you to help select your recognition item(s) and confirm delivery options. 

Route Safety

Please program this number into your phone in case you need mechanical support on the route – 888-523-2163.  (This number will also be on the wristband you receive at the registration tent when you check in on Saturday morning.  If there is a true emergency requiring police or ambulance support, please dial 911

SAG (Support & Gear)

These vehicles will be clearly marked and will patrol each route.  Look for vehicles marked with SAG vehicle magnets and/or flags.  We will have both auto and motorcycle SAGs assisting riders at the event.  If you need help in getting a lift to the closest rest stop, please turn your bicycle upside down to signal your need for help.


Diabetes doesn’t stop for bad weather and neither does the Tour de Cure.  We will ride, run and walk rain or shine!  Please check the weather forecast and dress and pack accordingly. 

Ride Smart, Ride Safe

Nothing is more important to us than your safety, so we’ve put in place everything we can do to make sure you have a safe ride.  We ask you to do your part by following these basic rules of the road.

  • Bike condition.  A properly tuned bike will set you up for a great experience on Event Day.  We encourage riders to visit a qualified bike mechanic prior to the event to ensure your bike is in proper condition.  Mechanics will address your bike’s tires, wheels, brake pads, chains, pedals, shifting mechanisms, break levers, handle bars, saddle height and handle bar grips.  
  • You need a helmet to participate as a rider.  There’s no room for negotiation here.  Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Law enforcement will have a strong presence on our routes and will cite riders who do not obey traffic laws.  In California bicycles are regarded as any vehicle on the road, and bicyclists are treated just like any other vehicle operator on the road.  This means you must stop at all stop signs and obey all traffic lights.  Slowing down and rolling through an intersection (even when making a right turn) because there are no visible vehicles coming is NOT a stop!
  • Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops.  Make the signal well before you turn or stop so you have time to return your hand to the handlebars.
  • Ride single file.   We share the road with other vehicles.  Ride single file so that others on the road can safely pass you.  Please do not draft.
  • Pass only on the left.  When passing another rider, take the following steps:
    • Check behind you to make sure there are no vehicles or riders coming up from behind.
    • Pull out to the left of the rider you are going to pass.
    • Call out “Passing on your left” to let him or her know that you are passing.
    • Once you have passed the rider, pull back into a single file line.
    • Use your voice to alert other riders.  Help each other out by alerting other riders to potential dangers along the route like debris or a pothole.  When you see a pothole, call out “Pothole” so others will know to look out or call out the hazard to those behind them.  Likewise, call out “Car back” to alert riders ahead of you to a car approaching from behind.
    • No phone call while riding.  Cell phone and headphone use while riding is prohibited.  If you need to make a call or answer your phone, pull off to the side of road and dismount before use use the phone.
    • Get out of the way when stopping.  If you need to stop at the side of the road, make sure you get far enough away to be out of the way of other riders.  Two easy signals will set our SAG vehicles or bike mechanic volunteers know whether or not you need assistance.  To indicate that everything is OK and you do not require assistance, hold the ‘thumbs up’ sign.  To indicate that you need help, raise your arms over your head and cross them at the forearm.   If possible, also turn your bike upside down.  This will our SAG and route support team know that they should stop to help you.

Top Ten Things To Bring To Tour de Cure:

  1. $200 fundraising minimum (raised online or turned in on/before event). $50 for children under 12.
  2. For cycling participants…  Your helmet.  No helmet = no ride!
  3. A well-tuned bike.  Pack a spare tube, patch kit, pump and tire tools.  (Performance Bicycle will be onsite for any last minute adjustments your bicycle requires.)
  4. Any medications you need.  (For our participants with diabetes, please carry glucose meter and any other supplies you may need).
  5. Carry your ID, a credit card, cash and insurance cards.
  6. At least one water bottle, strongly recommend a second for sports drink.
  7. Any food you must have in case of individual needs or allergies
  8. Parent/adult guardian if you are under 18
  9. Layered clothing
  10. Your enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of our participants with diabetes.

Last Minute Donations

People often wait until the very end to make their donation, so use these next few days to follow up with anyone who hasn’t donated yet and make those final requests for support.  Share a link to your page and say that the event is on and it’s not too late to give.  Download the new, enhanced Tour app which now allows you to text appeals for support!  You can turn in any cash, checks or matching gift form during the check-in/registration process.

Post-Event Festival:

  • Live Music by Breakdown Shakedown from noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Champions VIP/Top Fundraiser Exclusive Area
  • Health and Wellness Expo featuring vendors and sponsors
  • Noodles & Company serving lunch from noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Living Red Tent for Team Red and all participants with diabetes

Are there hotels where I can stay?

Yes! Please go to Hotel Engine to book your room today. Hotel Engine has partnered with the ADA and a portion of your room rate goes right back to our mission. 

  • Teams

How many people form a team?

The more the merrier! Teams should strive to include five or more individuals. There is no limit as to how large a team can be. The Tour is better than ever and is offering a ride, run or a walk choice so now your team can have team members that enjoy any of these activities.

Why be a part of a team if the fundraising minimums are individual?

Teams have more fun! They compete with other teams and they can earn team tents to hang out in during the festival and much more. Many teams do extra things like team training rides or runs, team shirts or jerseys and team fundraising. Company teams are a great way to create camaraderie among employees while getting healthy and creating a presence in the community.

Can my company team include more than employees?

Yes! Successful company teams enroll not only employees, but family, friends, associates, clients, vendors, etc. The team is for everyone connected to your company in some way. Check with your employer as to whether there are any restrictions. Also, check with your employer about whether matching gifts might be available for team participants.

How can I see who is on my team?

Login to your Tour de Cure Participant Center using your User name and Password. Click on "Team Progress"; this will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.

Online Transactions

Is my information secure?

Information security is our priority. Our online system has been designed to protect your information. It uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so your data is securely stored.

How is my credit card information handled?

Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send your credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial for the credit card donation.

General Online Info

I forgot my User name and Password.

Remember that your user name and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an email with your user name and password. If you still have problems, please contact the local staff for help.

How do I change my User name and/or Password?

First, login to your Tour de Cure Participant Center using your user name and password. Once logged in you navigate to the far right and under your name you will see a link “My Profile." Once in your profile, you will be able to change your contact information, email address, user name and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign in again.

How do I unsubscribe from email?

You can update your preferences in your profile. Towards the bottom of each email message, there is a link stating, "Click Here to Unsubscribe." Click this link to unsubscribe or update other preferences.

Online Fundraising

What is a Personal Fundraising Page?

A Personal Page is your own webpage and is a great way to tell your donors why you have joined the Tour de Cure. Once you sign up for an event online you will automatically have a Personal Page created for you and the link is sent to you. You have the option of personalizing this page by going to your Tour de Cure Participant Center . You will be able to customize images and video, text and the style/color of your Web page layout.

How do I change my personal fundraising goal?

First, you will need to login to your Tour de Cure Participant Center . Just below your progress bar you will see a link to enter your new goal.

How can I see who has donated to me?

Login to your Tour de Cure Participant Center using your user name and password. Click on "Progress"; this will allow you to view your donor list and their donation amounts.

What is the difference between making my Personal Page private or public?

By default, a Personal Page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list available to online donors. Anyone accessing the site will be able to support you.

Setting your Personal Page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list. Only people you invite by giving them your Personal Page URL will be able to support you.

Handling Checks and Cash Donations

How can I enter checks or cash gifts into my ONLINE Gifts Summary?

First, login to your Tour de Cure Participant Center using your user name and password. Click the Enter Offline Gifts box. Enter the information and be sure to click "Save." Note the offline gifts have to be entered manually to be included in your total.

Where can I find a receipt I can print and give my donors who give me a small cash donation?

If you need to give a receipt for a small cash donation, please print, cut and fill out one of the receipts in this downloadable document (Adobe PDF file).


National Sponsors

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The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

Tour de Cure is the premier fundraising campaign of the American Diabetes Association with cycling, running and walking options. The campaign has been expanded to include more members of our community and bring them together to learn about diabetes, healthy living and to support people living with diabetes. Tour de Cure is a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to form teams with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens.

How to be a Virtual Participant?

It's easy!

  • Click on the "Register" button located within the top of this page,
  • Find the event you’d like to participate in locally, and
  • At the beginning of registering choose the VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT registration option.

That's it!

Create a Team

You can create a team either through the "Register" button above where you'll first find the nearby event or by visiting the list of events associated with national company below.

Do not forget to associate your newly created team with this company.


Credit Card Verification Code

The Verification Code is imprinted on credit cards to help merchants verify transactions when the actual card is not present, such as Internet purchases or donations. The merchant uses this number as part of the authorization process with the card issuer.

Please use the images below to locate the verification code for your card type.

Visa, Master Card, and Discover

Visa, Master Card, and Discover Verification Code

The verification code for Visa, Master Card, and Discover is a 3-digit number printed on the back of your card. It appears after the account number or last 4-digits of your account number, in the signature panel.

American Express Verification Code

American Express

The American Express verification code is a 4-digit number printed on the front of your card. It appears above and to the right of the embossed account number.

Join a Team

To join a team within this company, view the list of the available teams within this page and click on the team name or the "join" button next to it.


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Join a team already registered for this event.

REGISTER as an individual

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