Speaking of athletes with type 1 diabetes - we're delighted to point out another inspirational example today. Congratulations to Team Type 1, a group of eight cyclists with type 1 diabetes who just finished the 3,043-mile Race Across AMerica (RAAM) early yesterday with what is for the eight-person division a record average speed of 22.36 mph. Their relay-style race began on June 16, 2006 in Oceanside, California and ended in Atlantic City, New Jersey after five days, sixteen hours, and four minutes of nonstop cycling.
Their entry in the race was sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care in a campaign to raise $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. But just as meaningful is how their amazing performance in the race has once again highlighted how the limitations of the disease can be overcome through careful blood sugar management. The three goals that Team Type 1 listed on their website, www.teamtype1.org, were to:
1) Win the corporate division of the Race Across AMerica (RAAM)
2) Raise awareness of the need for HbA1c < 6.5, and
3) Show that with regular exercise and good blood glucose control all people with diabetes can live a healthy and fulfilling life.
We'd say that they've unequivocally achieved these goals after their spectacular success in the race. For more about Team Type 1 and RAAM, including an updated photo blog of the race, check out the team's website. Now it's up to all of us to continue working towards not only raising awareness of the need for blood glucose control, but to achieve healthy HbA1c's in the entire diabetes community. Cycle on, Team Type 1!