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Why we started the Racing Against Diabetes Foundation:


That’s another easy one.  Two reasons:  because Terry’s the World’s Luckiest Man; and (—remember Spiderman’s uncle?) because of his obligation as the World’s Luckiest Man—to help everyone avoid diabetes, and to help everyone living with diabetes survive it! 



Can we win the Race?

No doubt about it.  Don’t question the power of us diabetics/heart-surgery survivors/breast-cancer survivors—just ask Lance about the perspective on life that kind of stuff gives us!  We know you have challenges too—but look at the things you’ve done, the things you’ve been through . . . .  Who’s the toughest person you know, when you think about it hard?  You are!  We can do this, together!




Get free RAD coaching advice by e-mail.  Pick a coach—Terry or Patty or both.  How?  Just send us an e-mail with your questions.  E-mail Terry at, or Patty at


Why?  If you want encouragement or advice, exercise ideas or training plans, nutrition information or weight-loss tips, just places to walk or ride—we’ll try to help!  We’d love to discuss strategies, opportunities . . . because we’re really committed to winning this race.   We both work full-time, and we’re both training for our own part of the 2007 RAD Tour of America, so our time’s limited, but we’ll sure try to help you plan strategies and  find resources. 


So pick a coach, and write!  (Hint:  If you want to have fun, pick Terry.  –Hey, I’m writing this, so I get to say whatever I want!  --TD)  Oh heck, you can just e-mail both of us at!


The Team: You!


We want you to form your own family RAD team, or a team of friends, and help each other train together like athletes—exercise and eat smart.  Join us—pledge to form a team and train—and we’ll give you a free “I’m Racing Against Diabetes” T-shirt.  You’ll help us get the message out!  —For more info, click on Join Us!




__________________ The 2007 "RAD Tour of America":


We bike-raced the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 as a two-person team—but didn’t get to stop and talk about preventing diabetes.  So beginning June 10, 2007, Patty raced the RAAM solo from Oceanside CA to Atlantic City NJ, to get attention for Racing Against Diabetes, and because she was crazy enough to try it. 

Patty definitely needed your help cheering her on during the RAAM!


 Then Terry drove and rode back across the country and stopped to meet everyone he could, and talked about preventing the diabetes epidemic.   


We’re doing this to get you and everyone training for the race of our lives, the Race Against Diabetes.  We want to convince everyone to start racing against diabetes. 






Terry (she let me keep my maiden name) Dutton



Why choose me as your coach?

That’s easy.  Between 40 years of racing against diabetes, and thriving on surgeries, I have more fun stories.  And for those same reasons, I feel really, really committed to helping you win the race against diabetes.  I’m the World’s Luckiest Man!


OK, go ahead and choose Patty if you want all that “check with your doctor first,” “five days a week of moderate exercise” stuff—she does have a Ph.D. in health education and a master’s in p.e., after all . . . .  But if you want a cheerleader, choose me!  If you want to get really excited about what you can do—no matter who and where you are—it’s me!


I’m no dummy—I’ve learned a lot about training, about motivation, of course about diabetes—and I know how to lose weight.  Ask me about Terry’s South American Quick Weight-Loss Plan, or Terry’s Overnight Weight-Loss Plan . . . .  Quite seriously, I do know how to lose weight and how to prevent diabetes.  Try me out me as your coach.


I want to help you succeed as the athlete you can be.  Yup, you heard it right—you’re an athlete and you’re in the race against diabetes whether you like it or not.  We can do it, together!


Why I’m the World’s Luckiest Man

Don’t even think about arguing with this:


·        40th year living with diabetes—and I’m this healthy!  Wanna race?

·        New Edwards Lifesciences pericardial “Magna 27” aortic valve July 2004—and an 18” zipper.  Imagine having your heart stopped!  Cool!

·        No anticoagulant.   No limits!  Talk about terrific doctors!  Talk about luck!

·        Semicolon and short zipper, after hemicolectomy three years ago.  I rode 420 miles in Colorado mountains in a week-long tour, six weeks later.

·        Incurable, deeply engrained optimism.

·        I get to work as the attorney-advisor to the County of San Diego Air Pollution Control District (for a lot of years now).  I’m very proud of their work, and really honored to get to work with and for such dedicated professionals, and toward such an important goal.

·        Married to Patty for 29 years, and teammates/best friends for more.  What can I say?  I love this woman!


 I am the World’s Luckiest Man.  You can be Number Two, though.

How I chose my teammate

Well, that’s another easy one.  Patty’s smart, beautiful, nice, fun—and I never could beat her running sprints.  Plus you should see her hit volleyballs.  (She’s 6’ tall.)  But if you’re wondering how I chose Patty to be my teammate for the RAAM last year, it took a while.  I initially doubted Patty could climb the mountains fast enough for us to make the time limits for the RAAM, so I negotiated with several riders who have diabetes.  —But it finally dawned on me that Patty’s been my teammate in everything for 30 years.  We’ve survived a lot together, and we’ve always helped each other stay healthy.  Plus . . . she really wanted to do it!  —So I proposed to Patty on our anniversary—to ride the RAAM with me.  Because I love her.


And now—I know it sounds disingenuous, but maybe it’s from having my heart stopped, or getting to the 40th year of racing against diabetes—I love you, too.  And I want to be your teammate.

                               Terry Dutton

                                World’s Luckiest Man




Patty “Pedal-Fast-in-a-Big-Gear” Riddle




I’ve been racing against diabetes ever since Terry and I became a team 30 years ago.  You diabetes support crew out there (family and friends of diabetics) will appreciate that I have to be the one with feet on the ground (or always on the pedals!), so I’ll fill in some details Mr. Eager Beaver over there left out:


My real qualifications for our racing team aren’t just from practicing the role all of us diabetes support crew play—I was born to race!


I was born in China, got tossed out by Mao, and grew up in India.  I saw lots of poverty, so I’ve always known how lucky I am—lucky enough to go to a school for missionary kids until college, with nothing to distract me from running.  I’ve been an athlete ever since.  (Terry still can’t beat me in running sprints, by the way, new heart valve notwithstanding!)  I learned volleyball while a grad student, and met Terry on a volleyball court.  He says he fell in love with me instantly, but even liking him took a while for me . . .he was so boringly nice . . . . 


Anyway, we’ve been training partners and teammates through a lot now.  I’ve survived breast cancer and depression—with all the help any woman could expect from a guy . . . . Hmmph . . . !  And of course, as diabetes support crew chief, I’ve lived through about a million of Terry’s hypoglycemic episodes, plus the pair of lucky surgeries.


We’ve lived in a lot of places together—mostly cold ones.  But we’ve made a lot of friends—especially playing volleyball.  We’ve been coached by many of the world’s best—weightlifting by Bob Gajda, volleyball by Arie Selinger, Nobumitsu Tsubota, Charlie Panui and others—and Mr. Volleyball Jim Coleman was our best friend until he died suddenly and ironically from pancreatitis a couple years ago.  We moved to San Diego in 1984 because it was then the Volleyball Capital of the Universe.


We didn’t know then how important that move would be to our cycling careers.  The obvious benefit is that we get to train outside all year long—which is significant, because indoor bike trainers can get boring.  But that move also allowed us to meet Mike Jenkins, aka “Coach,” who’s taught us everything we know about cycling.  –Terry’s converted strictly to cycling now—something about volleyball causing too many injuries, the wimp . . . .  I still play volleyball tournaments—Nationals and the Huntsman Games every year—with my best friend (after Terry) Karla Johnston.  But all my training time now is on the bike or in the weightroom.  Bring on the race!


I’m a specialist in time-trialing, because I don’t want the risk of an injury that’d take me out of training for long.  But I’m the reigning (2005) California Sr. Olympics Omnium Champion—by showing up for all the events while a couple of my competitors couldn’t!


I’m also really lucky to feel useful and appreciated—even loved—in my job.  I work for the County of San Diego as an analyst in the Maternal, Child and Family Health Services Program—one of our goals is to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes!  But, alas, work does cut down on my training time!


Oh, yes—I also know I’m loved by Terry every second of every day, and I never have any doubts about it.  And that makes me . . .

                        the World’s Luckiest Woman

                                   Patty Riddle

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