Registrants nonetheless gathered about $1 million in donations, all of which will go toward the foundation and its mission of providing funding for research on Type 1 diabetes, foundation spokesman Peter Cleary said. Many of the more than 200 would-be participants are switching to a related ride that takes place in Tuscon from Nov. 20-23, he said.
“I think there was plenty of blame to go around for the shutdown, and we’re disappointed we weren’t able to hold the ride in this amazing setting,” Cleary said. “But we didn’t lose any money and we’’ll do the event again next year.”
Still, a few key riders won’t be in Tucson this year, namely Lars Sorensen, the president and chief executive of Novo Nordisk pharmaceuticals, and the 20 Danish employees who had planned to join him in Death Valley.
If the effects of the shutdown could be measured by inconveniences, the foundation and its ride registrants would rank high.
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