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Open Q & A and 2014 American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure - Joy Valvano, C.D.E. and Kelley Ligozio, Associate Director, Tour de Cure, January 14, 2014

Joy at Unity:
Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Joy Valvano, a certified diabetes educator from Unity Diabetes & Endocrinology Services, and I’ll be hosting today’s chat. I’d like to introduce Kelley Ligozio, Associate Director, Tour de Cure from the American Diabetes Association who is joining us today to talk about the Tour de Cure in June. We’re glad you could join us today and we’re excited to answer all of your diabetes questions.

Joy at Unity:
Before we get started let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question. It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes.

Joy at Unity:
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Let’s get started.

Joy at Unity:
Hi Kelley. Thank you so much for joining us tonight! Can you give us the latest update on the ADAs Tour de Cure 2014? What is the date of this year's event?

kelley@ada:
Hi Joy! This year's Sage Rutty Tour de Cure is taking place on Sunday, June 8 at Monroe Community College. We are excited to offer a variety of bicycle routes from a 3-mile family ride along MCC’s campus to a 100-mile bicycle ride that takes you around Canisius Lake and back.

sassy35:
How do you register?

kelley@ada: 
To gear up for Tour we offer an indoor training program at Midtown Athletic Club every Saturday and Sunday. We have a one-hour group cycling class that is EXCLUSIVE and FREE to all registered participants.

kelley@ada: 
You can register online at diabetes.org/rochestertour for only $10 using the discount code TOUR5 - all capital letters and one word

Joy at Unity:
Wow! That's awesome! Are there other group rides available?

sassy35:
How much experience should you have to have to participate?

kelley@ada: 
It is awesome and we love that it’s FREE too! We kicked off the indoor training last Saturday and it runs through mid-April. We then take to the outdoors and offer outdoor training rides sponsored by our bike shop partners four days a week!

kelley@ada: 
Our outdoor training program offers training rides based on the distance you are riding in the Tour. For example, if you are riding the Unity Health System 25-mile distance, we are offering a ride just for the 25-mile riders to build up to so that your experience is rewarding and you are riding the right distance for you!

Joy at Unity:
Kelley, can you tell us about the fundraising responsibility of participants?

kelley@ada:
The Tour de Cure offers a distance for everyone....and if you do not own a bike, no worries! You can rent one from one our premier bike shop partners for a very reasonable day rate.

kelley@ada:
To participate in the Tour, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $200 and this year we are very happy to offer a family plan (more details to come). Our family plan will assist families who want to ride but they won’t have the pressure to each raise $200!

sassy35:
Is there a cost to register for the Ride?

kelley@ada:
There is - $10 registration fee using the discount code TOUR5 (enter in all capital letters and as one word). You can register online at diabetes.org/rochestertour or call us at 585-458-3040 x.3473 and we can take your registration over the phone, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joy at Unity:
What is available day of the event for participants? Is there food or meals provided?

kelley@ada:
The Tour de Cure Village is open to riders, families and friends! The day offers a delicious and balanced continental breakfast, there is an out of this world post-ride hot lunch, massages, live entertainment, kids zone complete with face painting, clowns and much more! We also include the famous Rochester Food Trucks to join in for families to have a wonderful menu of food too!

sassy35:
How many people ride?

kelley@ada:
Last year there were over 2,100 participants and we are proud to announce the 2013 Tour raised $956,000!

Jane@Unity:
When is the Tour de Cure?

kelley@ada:
Sunday, June 8 at Monroe Community College

sassy35:
What's the best way to get ready for the ride?

Jane@Unity:
There were 2,100 participants in Rochester?

kelley@ada:
Correct....pretty amazing and the Rochester Tour is ranked the 6th largest Tour in the country!

Jane@Unity:
What if you do not have a bike?

Jane@Unity:
How long has the Tour de Cure been going on?

Joy at Unity:
Are there any special considerations for people with diabetes who want to ride in the Tour de Cure?

kelley@ada:
The best way to gear up for Tour is to take advantage of the indoor and outdoor training programs. The bike and nutrition clinics that we offer start in February. Be sure to join us on February 26 for the Tour Kick Off at the Burgundy Basin to get all the resources you need.

kelley@ada:
You can rent a bike at one of our premier bike shop partners : Towpath Bike, The Bike Zone or Park Ave Bike for a reasonable day rate. The Rochester Tour is entering its 23rd year!

Jane@Unity:
What about volunteers? Someone in my class is interested but does not want to ride?

kelley@ada:
We are working on a spring program to offer our riders with diabetes a nutrition/exercise clinic.
On the day of Tour we offering nutritional information on our meals, as well as have the appropriate resources to support their ride.

kelley@ada:
Volunteers are the key to success and we need volunteers!! We offer a variety of opportunities from being part of a planning committee to the day of Tour. To volunteer, contact Bill Walter at wwalter@diabetes.org or (585) 458-3040.

Joy at Unity:
Any last questions before we end for tonight?

Joy at Unity:
Thank you Kelley!

Joy at Unity:
That’s all the time we have for today. I’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that I was able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature. Be sure to join us for our next chat Tuesday, January 28 at 8 p.m. with Dr. Bingham He will be holding an open Q&A session to answer all of your questions.

kelley@ada:
Thank you Joy for all that you do and for this evening's opportunity to share Tour!

 
 
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