Whenever I run in a race, my Grandma always asks which cause I’m raising money for. She can’t wrap her head around participating in an organized event without the proceeds going to charity. I do try to find fun events that let me get a in a good workout and help raise money for a worthy cause. The JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes presented by Sun Life Financial in Calgary on Thursday, October 19th is the perfect occasion to do just that.

Presented by Sun Life Financial, this a stationary biking event that brings Canadians together to raise money to support type 1 diabetes research. This year, JDRF’s goal is $4.2 million and every little bit of fundraising helps. Hey, and, let’s face it,with the crazy snow storm we just had, I think an indoor stationary bike event is the way to go!

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. When you have T1D, your body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin (which your body needs in order to get energy from food). Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 is not the result of eating too much sugar, being overweight, or not exercising. It is not preventable and its cause is unknown.

More than 300,000 Canadians live with type 1 diabetes .

Type 1 diabetes is not just a child’s disease, it affects both children and adults. 25% of people with type 1 are diagnosed as adults and 85% of all people living with this disease are over age 19.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research and has been involved in nearly every research breakthrough in the last 40 years. Some of those incredible advancements have included work to develop an artificial pancreas, implanting protective devices filled with insulin-producing cells and developing better drugs for managing hypoglycemia (blood sugar lows, which can be life-threatening).


Working Out and Raising Money

The JDRF Revolution Ride takes place in cities across Canada. And you can still sign up for these Rides. Check it out at jdrf.revolution.ca:

  • Hamilton- Oct. 12
  • Vancouver- Oct. 13
  • Windsor- Oct. 13
  • Ottawa- Oct. 12
  • Calgary- Oct. 19
  • Halifax- Oct. 20
  • Regina- Oct. 26
  • Winnipeg- Nov. 1
  • John’s- Nov. 3

There are lots of ways to ride:

Ride 10– this ride is a competition ride. Teams of 5 go against other teams with each participant riding for 7 minutes. This sounds right up my alley! Especially competing against other teams. Ha ha! Friendly competition….

Ride 60-This is individual and endurance based where you ride for an hour.

vRide-What a GREAT idea! Let’s say you aren’t big on crowds and prefer to sweat alone, or maybe you’re like me and live too far away from a scheduled event location. You can ride anywhere, anytime – which could be outdoors or indoors on weekends or organizing a fundraising ride at your local gym with your friends, family and co-workers.

As you can see, there are plenty of options! And if you have no idea how to start fundraising, the JDRF website has lots of resourcesto help you reach your fundraising goals.

Are you going to hit your local event?

What causes are near and dear to your heart?

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