Stop Diabetes Gala Give Award: Why I Ride!

My name is Paul Thorsgaard, and I have had Type 1 diabetes for 41 years, since I was 8 years old.  I have been riding in the Twin Cities Tour de Cure since it began in 1999.  Employees of the ADA and volunteers involved with the Tour de Cure wanted me to start a team after the first year.  It took me a year to decide to start Paul’s Pedalers.  Our first year in 2003 we had 13members and raised $3,220.

I ride in the Tour de Cure for so many reasons:

•    I enjoy riding my bike
•    I have diabetes and the Tour de Cure raises money to research cures
•    Having fun and raising money at the same time
•    Meeting other people that are passionate about diabetes
•    Tour de Cure Twin Cities is so much fun-bells, whistles, music, happy, excited, helpful people, food, beer,
snacks, great routes, and always sunny.  (I might have lied with that last one)
•    Seeing the Twin Cities Tour get bigger and better every year.  I can remember all the different routes,
all the different starting spots, all the different activities, ideas, promotions, and it just keeps getting
better every year.  If for some reason I didn’t participate, I would be afraid of what I would miss.

My passion is biking, and especially mountain (off road) biking.  Over the years, there have been several mounting biking events that happen on the same weekend as the Tour de Cure, but I always pick the Tour de Cure to ride that weekend.  So, it must be worthy.

Having Paul’s Pedalers continue to grow and evolve over the years is an honor.  It is fun to see people return and to recruit other people they know to join the team and ride and to know how much fun they have had participating in the Tour de Cure.  We are now a team of 25 and we keep growing.  I don’t see an end to this.  Well, maybe a cure will be found. Then, I guess, I will have to find something else to do with the first weekend after Memorial Day.

At the American Diabetes Association’s Gala Paul’s Pedalers will be receiving the Stop Diabetes, Give Award for participating as a team in the Twin Cities Tour de Cure and raising $135,000 over 12 years in support of the American Diabetes Association. Paul’s Pedalers has consistently been a top friends and family team and holds the local record for consecutive participation by a team.

The Gala will consist of a silent auction, dinner, live auction, entertainment and presentation of Stop Diabetes awards.

Join Paul’s Pedalers at the Tour de Cure on Saturday, May 31 at Minnehaha Falls.  The Tour has fully supported routes: 7, 18/27, 45, 62, and 100 mile urban century ride! At the finish enjoy lunch, live music, vendor village, massages, and more!  There’s even a beer garden for adults and a kid’s zone for little ones.  Riders with diabetes can choose to be recognized as “Red Riders” and receive VIP treatment, including a free Red Rider cycling jersey.

American Diabetes Association Gala                      Twin Cities Tour de Cure
Saturday, May 3rd @ 6pm                                         Saturday, May 31
Treasure Island Resort & Casino                              Minnehaha Fall, Minneapolis
www.stopdiabetesgala.org fhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh www.diabetes.org/twincitiestourdecure

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