Red Riders, Red Striders, and Red Runners are children and adults who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes that participate in a Tour de Cure event. It's time to celebrate those with diabetes are being active to stay healthy!
If you have diabetes and register for this event…
YOU are Living Red! You are automatically a RED RIDER, RED STRIDER, or RED RUNNER!
YOU are the reason we walk, run, and ride
YOU are not alone
YOU are going to feel so special on the day of the event as everyone cheers specifically for YOU!
The Tour de Cure recognizes participants with diabetes as the HEROES on the day of the event. With hundreds of walkers, runner, and riders who may share a similar story, and hundreds more to support you, being a Red Rider/Strider/Runner can help with your first mile or your millionth—in your fight to live a healthier life. Riding your bike or walking and running is a great way to stay in shape and exercise is extremely important for everyone with diabetes.
All you need to do to be recognized as a Red Rider, Red Strider, or Red Runner is register for the Tour de Cure as a Red Rider/Strider/Runner (on the first page of the register screen). Just click the REGISTER button at the top of the screen to get started. You will receive special recognition on the day of the event and you will be so glad you made the decision to no longer hide that you live with this disease every day. You work hard to stay healthy, so let’s celebrate your accomplishments
We want you to meet Red Rider Jim! Here's a little more about Jim's story ...
In November of 2011, my life changed again. It had radically changed when my first wife passed away from complications of diabetes in late 2004 after bravely living with type 1 diabetes for 39 years.
My life changed because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
I knew controlling my diabetes was the best way to delay the complications of stroke, heart attack, neuropathy, kidney failure, and diabetic retinopathy that my wife had endured. So, I set about managing my disease.
I lost 90 pounds and still watch my diet, take my medicine, and exercise. I exercise a lot - enough that when I test my blood glucose in the morning, it’s typically in the normal range. I bike and have participated in the Tour de Cure Colorado every year since 2013 – I’ve even done the 100mile Century Ride. I also rode in the Tour de Cure DFW in 2017, took on a 140 mile bicycle tour in Ireland, and a ride across the narrowest part of England, and am preparing for RAGBRAI this summer.
Last year, I turned 60 and took up triathlons. I was a finisher in the 2017 Victoria IronMan 70.3 and two shorter ones since. I am planning to do three more sprint triathlons this year.
I volunteer as much as I am able for the American Diabetes Association. I have volunteered for the Tour de Cure Colorado since 2014 and was on the 2017 committee. I sincerely hope we can wipe out diabetes in my lifetime! I will do my part and I hope everyone reading this will too!