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Tour de Cure rides, walks and runs through Webster for another year

Jun 9, 2018

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Runners, walkers and bikers are made their way through the streets of Webster Saturday morning in support of the American Diabetes Association.

The Tour de Cure raises money nationwide for diabetes research and awareness.

Bob Russell, Upstate New York Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association says everyone has different reasons for why they participate in the races, whether it’s to support a family member or a coworker.

Many with diabetes participate as well, calling themselves Red Riders.

Russell says it is quite emotional to see the turnout; he is a Red Rider, living with type one diabetes for 30 years.

"To see the support that people give, you know you just kind of feel like they welcome you in, they take you into their family."

Last year Russell says Rochester’s became the largest tour in the country, raising over $1.2 million dollars.

"It’s just a fun day to come out and celebrate people. And that’s what we really enjoy most is just being able to say hey, this is what we're doing, this is how people are able to live their lives in a healthy way to help them with their diabetes."

Over 1,800 people participated this year.