SARATOGA SPRINGS – JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, held its inaugural Ride to Cure Diabetes cycling event on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The event brought together 620 cyclists of all ages and skill levels, representing 81 JDRF chapters from around the nation and Canada, as well as 40 riders representing JDRF Northeastern New York. They raised funds for JDRF, the global leader in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
The cyclists, 120 of whom rode with T1D, selected from routes of 25, 60 or 100 miles. All routes followed an “out and back” course north up the Hudson River.
Participants raised approximately $2.7 million, which, according to JDRF officials, made it the top revenue-generating Ride to Cure Diabetes event this year.
One of the top regional fundraisers was Tom Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Car Wash and Hoffman Jiffy Lube, who rode with an artificial pancreas. He raised over $23,000 and ranked among the highest JDRF fundraisers in the country, as of the ride date.
Other 2017 Ride to Cure Diabetes sites include: La Crosse, Wisconsin (Aug. 10-13), Loveland, Colorado (Aug. 24-27), Amelia Island, Florida (Oct. 5-8) and Tucson, Arizona (Nov. 16-19).