Training for the Tour de Cure

Posted at: 02/26/2013 4:53 PM
Updated at: 02/26/2013 7:40 PM
By: Robin De Wind

By going the extra mile, you can get in great shape and help raise money to find a cure for diabetes. The annual "Tour de Cure" gets underway in Rochester in June to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association is making it a little easier for you to get in shape this winter. Midtown Athletic Club is offering free training sessions for people who want to ride in this summer's Tour de Cure.

The annual event sponsored by the diabetes association offers rides from 3 to 100 miles with all of the money going to help find a cure for diabetes.
Howard Kravetz got involved in the ride three years ago and was the top local fundraiser.  A year later, his 15-year-old son, Nate was diagnosed with type one diabetes. He's committed now more than ever.

Indoor training for teams or individuals taking part in ride this summer are invited to train for free on weekends at the club. Then in April, training sessions will be held outdoors leading up to the June ride.

Tom DeRoller, Midtown Athletic Club, said, “This year, just the indoor training class and I have to plug people in. We have more bikes in the training class and club in general.”

Howard Kravetz, Tour de Cure rider, said, “We've had people who passed me and hopefully we are closer to the cure. It's a frightening epidemic. The more I know the more I want to be involved in the battle against this and helping people who suffer from it.”

The American Diabetes Association is hosting a kick-off celebration for the 2013 Rochester Tour de Cure on Thursday. It's not too late to sign up for the ride or to participate in the indoor training. For details, click here.