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Cyclists raise money for diabetes organization

The American Diabetes Association will benefit from the miles ridden by bicyclists at Tour de Cure, which starts in Venice on March 9.

Each year, thousands of cyclists gather fundraising pledges to support the American Diabetes Association. Some families and friends volunteer to work at the Tour de Cure rides, while others become team captains and corporate sponsors.

Tour de Cure rides are as follows: The 100-mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m.; 60-mile ride is at 8 a.m.; the 35-mile event starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 15-mile ride begins at 9 a.m. The start and finish line is at Casperson Beach in Venice.

Properly working bicycles of all types may be used — visit your local professional bicycle mechanic for a spring tuneup and safety check. Cycling helmets are required, even though the Tour de Cure 2008 is a charity ride and not a race.

To register online for Tour de Cure 2008, go to or call 1-888-DIABETES.

DANSKIN WOMEN'S TRIATHLON: Female triathlon newbies said they have enjoyed meeting Amy Beck, who is a coach and trainer for Heart Zones, the program that helps get newcomers properly prepared for Danskin Women's Triathlon.

The concentrated training programs, designed for women sprint triathletes heading to Orlando Danskin Women's Triathlon, will be held in Gainesville, Tarpon Springs, Clermont, and New York, N.Y.

In its 19th consecutive year, the Danskin Women's Triathlon series, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, remains the longest running multisport series in the world, offering competition for all age divisions.

Locations and dates for this season's eight-race series: Orlando, May 10-11; Austin, Texas, June 7-8; Southern California, June 14-15; Denver, June 28-29; Chicago, July 12-13; New England, July 26-27; Seattle, Aug. 16-17, and New York, Sept. 13-14.

The Heart Zones triathlon training in Tarpon Springs is starting this week. Contact Beck at or at (727) 942-2141 or (727) 871-7912.

YOUTH TRI SERIES 2008: Area triathletes ages 5-14 are set to enjoy their own local series of short course triathlons.

Benefitting Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the six-race series is already filling up with kids registering.

The Youth Tri Series 2008 will be as follows: May 10, Pop Stansell Park, Palm Harbor; June 29, Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, City of Seminole; July 12, Live Oak Park, Crystal Beach; Aug. 10, Total Fitness Health Club, Tarpon Springs, and Sept. 7, YMCA, Palm Harbor. The championship season finale is Oct. 4 at East Lake Woodlands.

For more, head to www.racesare or call organizer Suzanne Henslee at (727) 642-3929.

KIDS TRIATHLON CLINIC: USA Triathlon coach Celia Dubey is hosting a kids-only clinic March 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Total Fitness Health Club, 1888 Alt. U.S. 19 S, Tarpon Springs.

For more information, call Dubey at (727) 938-8551.

GOOD LIFE GAMES: The Good Life Games is proud to present the 29th annual Pinellas County Senior Games — cycling, inline skating and a 5K road race — for masters athletes ages 50 or older on March 1 at Fort DeSoto Park.

The cycling competition will consist of 5K and 10K time trials for 50 and older divisions, though the Open 5K welcomes all runners. Raceday registrations will be permitted, and athletes are encouraged to arrive in time for the 6 a.m. race check-in.

Contact Henslee with cycling event questions at (727) 642-3929. Also, contact organizer Kathleen Fitzgerald with questions at

SQUIGGY CLASSIC: The fourth annual Morris Bridge Squiggy Classic will be held March 7-9, at Wilderness Park in Tampa. Squiggy Classic weekend adventures include trail running, bicycle racing, adventure racing, night canoe paddling and more. For more information, head to

Times correspondent Jessica Mundie can be reached at

Cyclists raise money for diabetes organization 02/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:55am]
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