Tour de Cure

Tourdecure

This is a fundraiser bicycle event held in July for the American Diabetes Association – Oregon & SW Washington Division. It features routes that span five different distances, from 10 to 100 miles, through the rolling hills of the farm country just west of Portland, OR.

Summit to Surf - Up and around Mt Hood

Summit to Surf – Up and around Mt Hood

Kent started riding this event in 2004, back when it used to be “Summit to Surf”, up and over the high passes around Mount Hood.  He has been involved with the volunteer organizing committee since 2008, when they decided that in order to get more participation and exposure to the diabetes epidemic, they needed to move off the mountain and bring the event closer to Portland.  Kent volunteered to find a new home, and designed the course route that is now Tour de Cure Oregon.  Over the next five years, he has been volunteering as Ride Director, planning and organizing the all the logistics involved in keeping riders happy, safe, hydrated, and otherwise entertained.

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Kent’s “I ride for…” tribute board

TeamNakagawa 2012

TeamNakagawa 2012 – Melissa and Miles O’Brien, Dean Rifenbery, Les Brown, Levon Brown, John Furze, Mike Warner, & Margo Nakagawa

For the 2014 Tour, Kent let go of the Ride Director hat, and volunteered to become Committee Chairman of the volunteer organizing group.  In the five years as Ride Director, TDC Oregon has grown from a $250,000 fundraiser to a $400,000 fundraiser.  And as the new Chair, the goal is to become a $1 Million Ride in 5 years.  It means recruiting a much larger team of volunteers to plan and execute more than just a bicycle ride – it’s really an entire fundraising drive that ends with a celebratory event.

Sign duty, 2013

Sign duty, 2013

New in 2016 – Kent has moved from the operations side to the strategic side of the cause.  He has joined the Community Leadership Board, which oversees the mission of the American Diabetes Association.  He is still connected to Tour, but as an advocate and an advisor.  And most importantly, he returns as a rider and team captain!

This is a fundraiser ride for the Oregon chapter of the American Diabetes Association. It is an all volunteer event, and a very large percentage of the proceeds goes directly to the three main functions of the ADA – outreach programs for schools, advocacy and education of doctors to new treatment and diagnostics, and sponsoring core research. On a personal level, we have many friends and family members who are diabetic, or have predispositions toward the disease. Margo is type 2 herself. And several years ago, Kent penned a “thank you” note on “why he rides” these events.

Would you like to donate to our cause?  Follow this link to sponsor Kent’s upcoming ride.

Safety Instructions to riders.

Safety Instructions to riders.

The first TeamNakagawa party tent

The first TeamNakagawa party tent

Lining up for the Family Ride

Lining up for the Family Ride

Relaxing at our tent

Relaxing at our tent

TeamNakagawa 2013 - Levon Brown, Dean Rifenbery, Melissa O'Brien, Mike Warner, Margo Nakagawa, Bob Downey, Kent Nakagawa, Les Brown, Elena Nilaver, Lisa Walker (not pictured)

TeamNakagawa 2013 – Levon Brown, Dean Rifenbery, Melissa O’Brien, Mike Warner, Margo Nakagawa, Bob Downey, Kent Nakagawa, Les Brown, Elena Nilaver, Lisa Walker (not pictured)

A history of past year’s rides is on our Tour de Cure Archive page.

The newer pictures are on Smugmug

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