Former Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Norcal board member, Roger Leasure, developed Coloma River Races as an innovative way to raise funds to help cure type 1 diabetes. Since living in Coloma for the past 12 years and running the beautiful trails, he thought it would be a good idea to put on races that benefit JDRF while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Its causes are not entirely understood and its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and at present nothing you can do to get rid of it.
The advancements in research are accelerating faster than the funding, so we need to think outside of the box, while raising funds and awareness. Human trials for the artificial pancreas have begun in the U.S. and the artificial pancreas has been approved in Europe. We are making huge strides and this auto immune disease never takes a break, neither should we.
JDRF was ranked 2nd by Forbes top 100 charities for their efficiency in putting their donations to use and $.96 of every dollar goes directly to research so not only can you sign up and run a well marked and well supported, true trail race, but you can also rest assured that your money is not going into someone's pocket but going to help cure sick children and adults with an auto immune disease that kills their pancreas. The Coloma River Run raised $20,000.00 net for JDRF and we are hoping that Salmon Falls can raise $80,000.00. These are trail races mapped out and organized by local ultra-runners.