Tour De Cure near Portland Raises Funds for Diabetes

On July 25, 2015, a group of RRT volunteers from Portland, OR assisted at the 2015 Oregon/SW Washington Tour De Cure. This annual cycling event raises money for the American Diabetes Association, who work to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of those who have been affected by diabetes.

Serving the food to the Riders as they came

Serving the food to the Riders as they came

The bike ride was scheduled to begin and end at the Amberglen Park in Beaverton, OR. This attractive park located in center of a commercial area boasts a beautiful lake and fountain as well as paved paths perfect for the start of a Tour De Cure Bike Ride.

Riders making use of the dry lounge area

Riders making use of the dry lounge area

Riders coming in to Rest Stop #2 along the Tour De Cure Routes

Riders coming in to Rest Stop #2 along the Tour De Cure Routes

The morning of the event, over 750 riders were greeted with an unseasonably cold and rainy day, but it didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. After checking in, the participants started out on one of the five routes they had signed up for. Along these routes there were various stations with volunteer teams serving healthy snacks, and offering encouragement. RRT was in charge of rest stop #2 and as riders crested the hill they were greeted by cheering volunteers and a valet bike parking service.

A Team of Participants ready to move on

A Team of Participants ready to move on

A few of the RRT Portland Team of Volunteers

A few of the RRT Portland Team of Volunteers

This year’s event raised nearly $400,000 to support the 29 million adults and children, currently living with Diabetes in the United States. The Rapid Relief Team of Portland received an abundance of compliments from the riders, event coordinators and locals and wanted to express their gratefulness for the opportunity to help at such a successful charity event.