FAYETTEVILLE – Oct. 8, 2019 – The clock is ticking for early entry into this year’s Cape Fear Valley Diabetes Games.
Early registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 18. Cost is $15 per child athlete. Late registration will then be held through Friday, Nov. 1. Late entry cost is $25 per child athlete. The games will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Methodist University.
Now in its second year, the Diabetes Games was created to allow diabetic youths from across the state to show their athletic prowess through safe and organized competition. The games include a mix of traditional track and field events with more modern competitions, such as obstacle course runs and bounce ball jousting.
Last year’s Diabetes Games allowed several children to experience the thrill of competition for the first time. Diabetic children often refrain from competitive sports due to their condition.
Once considered rare, type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among U.S. adults, and now children are following suit. Studies show the condition has grown more than 20 percent among youths, age 10 to 19, between 2001 to 2009.