Ride4Diabetes to wheel through Cupertino on Aug. 26

The Lions Clubs International and The American Diabetes Association are holding an inaugural Ride4Diabetes on August 26 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. The organizations are teaming up for an eight-hour walking, hiking and cycling event supporting diabetes research, prevention, treatments and cure.

Ride4Diabetes will feature five routes including 90K, 60K, 18K and 5K rides, along with a 7K walk. Some of the routes follow community favorites such as the Skyline Ridge Loop, the Portola Valley Loop and Stevens Creek trail.

The event will also include an expo on fighting diabetes and a screening with diabetes practitioners to help identify those at risk. Both are free and open to the public.

At the conclusion of the races, a celebratory beer and wine festival with lunch will be held at De Anza College’s Sunken Garden.

All proceeds raised through the event will go toward the cause, with funds evenly distributed between the American Diabetes Association and Lions Club International. Programs that could benefit from Ride4Diabetes include the Association’s research institute, camps for young patients, and initiatives targeting complications that arise from diabetes.

Individuals and groups can sign up for the event at ride4diabetes.org. To register the morning of the event, participants will be required to pay the regular fee and a tax-deductible pledge fee, which for adults is $25 with a minimum $200 pledge and for children (under 15) is $10 with a minimum $50 pledge.

All participants are asked to assemble in parking lot A prior to their races. Volunteers are also welcome.

Reporting for this article was informed in part by The Mercury News.

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