Annual Tour de Cure Fundraiser slated for this Saturday

FAIRBANKS, AK -- In their goal to fight, and eventually, eradicate diabetes, the Fairbanks Chapter of the American Diabetes Association will host their annual "Tour de Cure" fundraising event this Saturday.

A new location is the highlight of this year's event as the start and stop site has been relocated to the Dog Musher's Hall on Farmers Loop Road.

Tour coordinators believe the established bike trail around the loop and less traffic will provide better safety for the cyclists.

This year's fund–raising goal is $75,000 and as of today, $58,000 has already been raised.

As is customary, Tour officials encourage those diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes to dust off their bicycles and join the ride.

"Those people on...Saturday, will be wearing red. They're going to be wearing red jerseys," said Sara Lucey, manager for the local American Diabetes Association.  "We have Red Rider sponsors, so each Red Rider will have a red jersey on and it says, 'I ride with Diabetes.' So, we're encouraging people, any kind of cheerleaders...when a person with a Ride jersey goes by, you just say, "Go, Red Rider!"