Indianapolis, IN, April 29, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing and quarantine in place directives, the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) has decided to make the Indiana Tour de Cure a virtual event so we can include even more people in our community and encourage them to get active by walking, running or cycling in their neighborhoods.
For people with diabetes, regular physical activity is an important part of managing diabetes. While many people are home during this pandemic, it is important for everyone to stay active and healthy. Participating in Tour de Cure is a great way to do that and help people with diabetes at the same time.
To participate, people can go to diabetes.org/indianatour to register for free. We encourage participants to fundraise by sending out emails to request $10 per person in honor of the 1 in 10 people who have diabetes. When participants fundraise to $100, they receive the official Indiana Tour de Cure t-shirt.
On June 6, we will be conducting a Facebook Live event with Opening Ceremonies, interviews and more. We will ask participants to take before and after photos of their walk, run or ride and post on social media.
People with diabetes need us now more than ever. If someone with diabetes contracts the coronavirus, they are at risk of having more severe complications. Funds raised from the Indiana Tour de Cure go to fund vital research for all types of diabetes, education, advocacy and programs.
“This is a great opportunity for our local community to help us keep driving our mission by funding research and programs that help people with diabetes thrive,” said Sarah Schmitz, Area Executive Director. “The funds we raise are critically important to the people we serve, so we are excited that technology and social media will allow us to continue to provide an event virtually for our strong community of supporters while keeping their health and safety at the forefront. This virtual event is another great example of how the ADA works to be Connected for Life in Indiana!”
The 2020 Virtual Indiana Tour de Cure will encourage participants to focus on the three main components, including:
Being active and committing to Ride, Run or Walk in your local neighborhoods on the event day. Participants are asked to wear red to represent the ADA and complete your intended distance. Additional ways to engage virtually can be found on our website: diabetes.org/indianatour.
Continuing to fundraise because the 34 million Americans with diabetes are counting on your support of the ADA’s mission.
Celebrating your journey by posting, sharing and showcasing your efforts on social media using the hashtag #Virtual2020TourdeCure.
“For the more than 730,000 Hoosiers who have diabetes and the 1.7 million who have prediabetes, it is truly important that we as a community come together virtually on June 6 to participate in the Indiana Tour de Cure. It’s even easier now since we are asking people to walk, run or ride in their own neighborhoods. We are asking participants to still fundraise for those with diabetes. The need to continue research efforts, advocacy and more is vital to those who deal with the disease daily. We at Oaktree Financial Advisors, Inc., are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for this great effort to help Hoosiers all over the state,” said Chris Baker, Partner at Oaktree Financial Advisors, Inc.
“Raising awareness of diabetes is crucial to helping people live longer, healthier lives,” said Sherry Martin, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, Lilly Diabetes. “Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, sponsoring the Indianapolis Living Red Tour de Cure team is one way to build on local outreach programs that recognize and help individuals living with diabetes in our own community – where the rate of diabetes is above the national incidence.”
Though we will not hold the event at Celebration Plaza on June 6, 2020, we know that our dedicated participants will show their support by joining us virtually. To register, go to diabetes.org/indianatour. For more information, please contact Mary Stickelmaier at 317-507-3691.
The ADA will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, employees, community partners and friends above all else. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health authorities, and we will continue to provide updates to the community at diabetes.org/coronavirus.