June 11, 2008
-- Dr. Tim Hindmarsh will complete 10 extreme sports within 24 hours, beginning with wind-surfing in the Columbia River Gorge, snowboarding and skiing on Mt. Bachelor, water- and barefoot skiing in Sweet Home, and skydiving over the Willamette Valley. Hindmarsh is inviting the public to participate in the cycling and 5K run/walk sequences of the decathlon.
“My goal is to expand this event. I want as many participants in the running and cycling segments as possible,” says Hindmarsh. “Last year we had close to 120 participants. This year, my goal is to increase the number of participants tenfold!”
The purpose of the Act Alive! Decathlon is to raise public awareness about the risk and consequences of diabetes, and to raise funds for public education programs.
Over 21 million Americans have diabetes. Millions more have pre-diabetes or are simply undiagnosed. Diabetes is the number one cause of heart disease.
Diabetics can reverse the severity of this degenerative and even deadly disease if they simply eat better and are physically active.