JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ride?
The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable ride that raises money for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Participants choose from one of six Ride locations, select a distance (usually between 30 and 100 miles), and raise money for JDRF.
Where is my local chapter?
JDRF has more than 100 Chapters, Branches, and Affiliates worldwide. Please click here to locate your local JDRF chapter or call 888.533.9255 for further information.
Who can ride?
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older on the date of the Ride who can raise the fundraising minimum may participate. If you are between 13 and 18 years of age, you must sign a parental/guardian consent and be accompanied by a participating parent/guardian at all times.
Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimum?
Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Chapter for detailed information on fundraising schedules and timelines developed to help you reach your goals.
Isn't it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?
Not according to our past riders. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter can help you with materials, ideas, and support.
Are there different fundraising packages available?
Yes, as a rider, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $2,000). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support and coaching during the months leading up to as well as throughout the JDRF Ride weekend.
Does the required $100 registration fee count towards my fundraising?
Yes! The $100 required registration fee will count toward your fundraising.
What kind of training should I do?
Our National Head Coaches , Mike Clark, David Ertl, and Ian Joyce, have excellent training plans to prepare for these endurance Rides. You can also check with your JDRF chapter to find out if they have a local coach. Our coaches will help you adopt a training schedule and plan that are right for you.
How much time do I have to commit to this?
How much time you train is completely up to you. Your JDRF coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training at three months before your Ride and ride at least twice a week to prepare yourself.
What if I can't finish the Ride?
If you cannot continue at any point during the Ride, one of many support vehicles along the route will pick you up and bring you back. Rest stops will be set up approximately every 15 miles. If you are feeling tired, you can rest, eat an energy bar, drink a sports drink, and continue the Ride where you left off. This is not a race, it's a ride, and all riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace.
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JDRF Coach Michael DeVita
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October 30 - November 2, 2014
Starting and finishing at the Franklin, Marriott, this course follows scenic roads through the Tennessee countryside before entering the Natchez Trace Parkway. This challenging course will offer a choice of distances from 32, 62 and 100 miles. With rolling hills, beautiful vistas and limited commercial traffic, it will be easy to understand why the Trace has been designated as one of the top biking routes in the United States. Come join JDRF in the Nashville, TN Ride to Cure Diabetes!