Defenders to Hold 7th Annual Diabetes Dash

By Kaileigh Deacon


On July 29 the Defenders will hold their seventh annual Diabetes Dash a charity ride.  As with the last three years the profits from the Dash go directly to Camp Adventure. 

“When we started we wanted to do one big charity event a year. A lot of our members had families affected by diabetes so this is what we wanted to focus on,” Keith Albee of the Defenders said. 

The Defenders is a law enforcement bike club comprised of police officers, fire fighters, dispatchers, and EMTs. They are a nationwide club with 72 chapters including the Downeast Maine chapter. The Downeast Chapter which spans all of Washington County was started in 2010 and has been hosting the Diabetes Dash ever since. 

For the first three years the proceeds of the event went to the Diabetes Foundation but the Defenders wanted to do something that was a little more local but staying with the Diabetes cause. They found Camp Adventure. Camp Adventure is a summer program put on by Cary Medical Center exclusively for teens who have type 1 diabetes. The camp strives to show teens that there are ways to stay active and have a good time while managing their type 1 diabetes. The camp is run entirely through donations and volunteers. 

This year the Defenders are partnering with the Washington County sheriff’s office as well as the Calais Printing Press to host the event. The registration fee is $10 and is open only to motorcycles. The group will meet at Calais Printing Press with registration starting at 9am and kickstands will go up at 10am sharp. 

Participants’ registration fee is one hundred percent donated to Camp Adventure. With each registration comes a potluck lunch as well as entry into a drawing for $250. Everyone is welcome to join, The ride, however, is only open to motorcycles, no other vehicles. 

The route will ride out from Calais Printing Press on Washington Street in Calais to West Quoddy Head Light House then to Machias where they’ll stop for a pot luck lunch before heading back to Calais. For more information on the ride you can check out the Downeast Defenders Diabetes Dash Event on Facebook.