Team Diabetes seeks runners, walkers |

Team Diabetes seeks runners, walkers

The American Diabetes Association is recruiting individuals to join Team Diabetes, a new fund-raising program that provides expert training for people interested in running or walking a marathon in exchange for pledges collected for diabetes research. The team will participate in the Rome Marathon in Italy on March 24. This is a full 26.2 mile course and walkers are encouraged to participate.

“By joining Team Diabetes even average athletes can surpass their own expectations and train to be marathon runners,” said Fran Balzani, district manager of the American Diabetes Association Nevada office. “In addition, each participant will finishing knowing that he or she has made a substantial contribution to finding a cure for this devastating disease.”

The Las Vegas chapter of the American Diabetes Association is working with Marty Coffey of Lake Tahoe to conduct regular training sessions and provide conditioning techniques and nutritional recommendations from August until March, 2001. Coffey is the local trainer in the Lake Tahoe/Reno area. He is an ultramarathon runner who has extensive expertise in the running field. He is also a past Team Diabetes participant and ran in both last year’s Dublin Marathon and Rome Marathon. In addition to advice from a professional trainer, runners will be supported by staff and volunteers who provide coaching and motivational support prior to and during the race and help to coordinate the “victory” party in Rome, Italy.

Each runner is asked to raise a minimum of $4,500 in pledges from friends, family and corporations for research to find a cure for diabetes. The American Diabetes Association will provide all travel and accommodation arrangements, five days and four nights expenses and the registration fee for the marathon.

To register for Team Diabetes runners and walker can attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Harveys Resort and Casino. For information call Fran Balzano, the local Team Diabetes coordinator, at 1-800-828-8293, Ext. 7483 or visit

Nearly 16 million Americans have diabetes, a disease that effects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Diabetes can lead to complications like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and foot and leg amputations. Diabetes kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer combined. To date, the American Diabetes Association has raised more than $112 million for diabetes research.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities.

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