Dr. Snoeyink Rides the Tour de Cure

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is famous for the running of the Indy 500, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend. But on June 4, 2016, Dr. Rick Snoeyink, professor of education, plans to ride his bike 100 miles around the track in memory of his father and to support the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Snoeyink completed the ride for the first time last year as a tribute to his father, who suffered from diabetes before his passing. “Now I have decided that as long as I am physically able, I want to make this an annual event to honor my dad,” he said.

Snoeyink credited the Trinity community for its support, both financial and communal. “When I first decided to do this ride last year, I thought I could probably raise $250, which is what the American Diabetes Association requires for all riders. I put the word out on the Trinity listservs, and within a couple weeks, people had donated over $1,200,” Snoeyink said. “I was amazed.”

Since the community was so generous last year, he wondered if Trinity would continue to generously support him in this year’s fundraiser. “I am again amazed that the total is now approaching $1,500. Several Trinity folks have also asked me about how my training is going and have offered words of encouragement,” he said.

Since 1991, Tour de Cure riders have raised more than $250 million to help advance the ADA’s mission and move closer towards the ultimate goal to stop diabetes, according to the ADA. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards diabetes research, education and advocacy.