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Texas 4000 Riding Through Teslin
July 29, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shannon Cunningham, Assoc. Dev., Dir.
July 26, 2019 [email protected]
2019 Texas 4000 Team Rolls Into Teslin As Part of A 70-Day Journey to Alaska for 16thAnnual Ride Benefiting Cancer Research
More than 80 college students participate in
longest annual charity bike ride in the world.
(AUSTIN, Texas) — This summer, more than 80 students from The University of Texas at Austin will ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, as part of Texas 4000 for Cancer on the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. The team will ride more than 4,000 miles over the course of 70 days beginning May 31st with the mission of fighting cancer by sharing hope, knowledge and charity at every stop along the route.
On May 31, Texas 4000 supporters will celebrate the ride’s ceremonial send off at Day Zero at the Robert B. Rowling Hall Auditorium on the University of Texas campus. Grant checks will be awarded to the Dell Medical School and the University of Texas’ Department of Biomedical Engineering. The team will donate $300,000 over the course of the summer to organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Since the first ride in 2004, more than 800 students have made the trek from Austin to Anchorage, collectively raising more than $9.7 million in the fight against cancer.
The Texas 4000 team will be rolling through Teslin on Monday, July 29, just 59 days after departing from Austin, Texas on Wednesday way to Anchorage, Alaska.
Texas 4000 is more than an endurance ride for cancer. It combines leadership development, physical training, cancer awareness outreach, volunteer opportunities and philanthropic commitment. All students undergo an application process to be part of the 18-month program and once selected, each student is required to raise $4,500 for the fight against cancer, ride 2,000 training miles with his/her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community, and play an active role in planning every aspect of the ride to Alaska.
The riders will take one of three different routes to Alaska (view all route maps here):
Sierra Route: These riders head northwest from Austin and cycle through the Southwest to California, then north along the West Coast and into Canada. Major cities along the route include: Santa Fe, NM; Zion National Park, UT; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, B.C.
Rockies Route: These riders cycle north from Austin and cut over to the Rocky Mountains. They’ll ride through the western U.S. before crossing the Canadian border into Alberta. Major cities along the route include: Dallas, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Denver, CO; Yellowstone National Park, WY; and Calgary, AB.
Ozarks Route: These riders travel east from Austin, then cut northeast through the American Midwest before crossing the Canadian border and cycling across four Canadian provinces. Major cities along the route include: Houston, TX; St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Winnipeg, MB; Edmonton, AB
In Canada, the three groups will reunite and ride the final 10 days together to Anchorage. On each of the three routes, the riders will make stops along the way to present grants to cancer research and support service organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of Seattle, Cancer Support Community Montana, BC Cancer, San Juan Medical Foundation in Farmington, N.M, and Anchorage Young Cancer Coalition. “Each of these young women and men are leaders. They understand that leadership is about going where you are needed and doing what needs to be done,” said Scott Crews, Executive Director of Texas 4000. “They all have a story of how cancer has touched their life, and for that reason they have committed to making a difference in the lives of others diagnosed with cancer by raising funds for cancer research and support services.”
Shortly after their return to Austin, the riders will celebrate their journey at the Tribute Gala on Saturday, August 24, at the JW Marriott Austin. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the Texas 4000 website.
About Texas 4000
Texas 4000 for Cancer is a nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. Each year a team of dedicated University of Texas at Austin students complete a more than 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska sharing Hope, Knowledge, and Charity along the way. Over the course of their 18-month involvement with Texas 4000, riders train, fundraise, volunteer in the community, and serve in leadership roles to help plan every aspect of the summer ride. The leadership development program culminates in Texas 4000’s capstone event, a 70-day summer ride – the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Since 2004, more than 800 students have completed the ride, raising over raising over $9.7 million and logging more than 4,718,000 miles – fighting cancer every mile. Find us at texas4000.org,facebook.com/texas4000 or twitter.com/Texas4000