Marathon training program delivers diabetes awareness to the world for 10 years
It all started in the year 2000 when 25 people from across Canada embarked on a journey to the Dublin Marathon after training for the race and raising funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Since then, thousands of Canadians have been making a change in their life and the lives of people living with diabetes by walking, running or biking with Team Diabetes.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2010, Team Diabetes is the national activity fundraising program of the Canadian Diabetes Association. The program promotes a healthy and active lifestyle where people of all fitness levels have the opportunity to walk or run a full or half marathon or shorter distance race in exciting Canadian and international locations. Additional opportunities include hiking, mountain biking and cycling.
“Team Diabetes has a lot to celebrate in the upcoming year,” said Fred DeFina, Director, Team Diabetes. “I am proud to be part of a program that has grown from one team of 25 to over 4,000 participants and volunteers who enthusiastically dedicate themselves to setting positive examples in their community by raising funds for the Association, promoting our program and spread its message of the benefits of living an active lifestyle.”
Official anniversary celebrations will take place this May at the Ottawa and Calgary marathons. In addition, there is still time to join teams travelling to the Rio de Janeiro Marathon in June and the Reykjavik Marathon in August. Other 2010 event offerings include hiking the Grand Canyon and up two Costa Rican volcanoes as well as two long distance cycling events in the United States and two 24 hour adventure mountain biking events in Ontario.
“Over the last 10 years, Team Diabetes participants have raised more than $22 million in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association which provides leading-edge research support, outreach programs and valuable services to people living with diabetes,” said DeFina. “Many people participate in the program because they are living with diabetes or have family members or friends living with the disease. They are extremely passionate about raising awareness of diabetes management and prevention.”
You don’t have to be an athlete to join. Team Diabetes prepares you for the physical challenge and provides the support needed to achieve fundraising and training goals. More information is available at teamdiabetes.ca or 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
For the first time in the program’s history, Team Diabetes did not enter a timed race. On September 19, 24 participants including Association staff members Dawn Ayer and Jay Hooper, put on hiking boots instead of running shoes and ventured down one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world for an exciting and challenging hiking adventure.
“Participants reported that they enjoyed the event because it wasn’t about racing or beating a time,” said Fred De Fina, Director, Team Diabetes. “This type of event opens the program up to participants that might not otherwise join Team Diabetes.”
The event was so successful that the team will be returning in October 2010. So encourage friends, family and colleagues who have a thirst for adventure to visit teamdiabetes.ca or 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
...and the celebration is so big we’re having two parties!
JOIN US on May 28 – 30, 2010 at the Ottawa or Calgary Marathons, and help us mark this exciting milestone. We’ve got an entire weekend of fun and festivities planned and we’re looking forward to celebrating with you: our amazing participants and alumni.
During the past 10 years, Team Diabetes members have been leaders in the fight against diabetes, raising more than $22 million for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
We’ve come a long way in 10 years, but with more than 200,000 Canadians diagnosed with diabetes each year, there are clearly many challenges still ahead.
That’s why the time to join Team Diabetes is now! Become part of a dedicated team that is making a difference!
Visit teamdiabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) for more information.
Walk or run with TEAM DIABETES at the Honolulu Marathon - December 13, 2009
Register Before June 26, 2009
Known as one of the top 10 marathons in the world, Honolulu has a magnificent course and great spectator support. It is a walker-friendly event that also has a 10K race. Each year, fireworks announce the beginning of the marathon on Ala Moana Boulevard, otherwise known as the “path by the ocean”.
The course passes by world-famous Waikiki Beach as well as the Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head. Finishers receive lovely shell necklaces with their medals and Finishers’ certificates.
The funds you raise will be used to support diabetes research, education, advocacy and services. In return, you will receive guaranteed race registration, fundraising support, an official Team Diabetes singlet and have lots of fun!
Visit teamdiabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) before June 26 for additional information and to register.
The Canadian Diabetes Association and Team Diabetes send a message of hope all the way from Prague
Raising awareness all the way to the finish line by participating in the May 10, 2009 Prague Marathon, Canadian Diabetes Association President and CEO, Ellen Malcolmson, along with fellow Canadians, Katherine Lowings and Kim Konias, are just a few of the 29 Team Diabetes participants who are running for the fight against diabetes.
As the first Canadian Diabetes Association president to ever participate in a Team Diabetes event, Ellen Malcolmson took part in the Prague Marathon with her husband. The experience of running for Team Diabetes in Prague was thrilling for Malcolmson as it gave her a direct opportunity to encourage and engage volunteers and employees.
“By participating in events in Canada and internationally, you can personally help us raise awareness about the Canadian Diabetes Association,” said Malcolmson. “You are also increasing participation in future events and building awareness at home by spreading the word about diabetes, Team Diabetes and the work of the Association amongst your friends, family, and colleagues.”
Traveling all the way from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to Prague, Katherine Lowings, a 20-year-old living with type 1 diabetes, completed her very first marathon. Crossing the finish line along side her father, Lowings raised more than $6,700 for the fight against diabetes. Her participation is an inspiration to anyone affected or living with diabetes and helps break through the preconceived limits of the disease.
Kim Konias and his daughter Meegan, a person living with type 1 diabetes, completed the half marathon with Team Diabetes in Rio in 2008. This year, Konias made another long trip from Abbotsford, BC and went all the way by completing the full marathon in Prague. Konias’s extraordinary effort and commitment raised more than $7,000 in support of our cause.
This summer, hundreds of Canadians will be walking, running, hiking or mountain biking with Team Diabetes in support of the Association. The next international Team Diabetes event takes place in Australia’s Gold Coast July 5. We will then hike the Grand Canyon September 18 to 22 and move on to the Athens Classic Marathon in November. For a full list of upcoming events, please check the Team Diabetes webpage.
All Team Diabetes participants have set a precedent for staff and volunteers - choose a Team Diabetes event as a personal health goal, get involved, become an example in the community and, most importantly, work together to spread the word about diabetes and the Association.
I recently learned, that Chris Jarvis , Canadian Olympic Rower, " medals winner extra speciale" , living with type 1 diabetes since age 14 has signed up with the Victoria , October 11 Marathon as a Team Diabetes member.
He has inspired many people to overcome the challenge of living with diabetes achieve their personal goals .To find out more about Chris go to www.ichallengediabetes.org. I may have to remind Chris , that he promised to " carry" me across the finish line :-)
Thanks folks in Toronto to get the Summer Surge on this page ...
Gordon and I are celebrating my 69 BD , July 25 and living with type 1 diabetes for 26 1/2 years...please visit if you wish to join us us ...we ask for a minimum donation of $20,00 per person and we host birthday treats ,as diet gelato's , special coffee and special tea and other. Noone is expected to run a marathon on this day ;-) . If you cannot attend in person , join us " virtually " by making a donation ...Thank You ...
Take action against diabetes this summer! Starting today, you can be part of a nation-wide movement to raise $1 million for the Canadian Diabetes Association and help end diabetes.
This summer alone, 50,000 more Canadians will be diagnosed with diabetes, and more than 10,000 will die from its complications. Diabetes is a leading cause of death by disease in Canada - and it's every bit as serious as cancer and heart disease.
Join the fight to end diabetes. Become a leader and take action by holding your own summer event. Raise awareness, raise money and have fun! Add the Surge to your summer and sign up now. Visit www.diabetessummersurge.ca
Vancouver May 3 ...came and went . All was good: the Team D members I met , new ones and members I have met previously ...a bit of a reunion ! A chap I met in Disney World showed a great Team D tattoo on his calf and will keep on adding the year of participation ..2007 , 2009 ....and on he will go
;-) .It was wonderful walking on Robson Street ,Saturday evening , when I was approached by 4 ladies from my home town who yelled out : " Team Diabetes !!.."
The Marathon weather was perfect , after a heavy rainfall on Sat. eve.
And I crossed the finish line under my planned time , ha, ha
( 1.11.11 ) ...came in # 580 out of over 800 km participants ...drumroll : chip time 1.09.38 ...Next one 1/2 M , Victoria, BC, October 11, 2009 ...for this one I need to train ...
Team Diabetes Rocks !!
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