ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 70 students participating in the 14th Annual Texas 4000 for Cancer ride, the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, will cycle into Anchorage, Alaska Friday, August 11, completing an epic journey raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The 2017 ride began in Austin on June 3rd with cyclists separating into three routes across North America. Friday’s finish line culminates the 70-day, 4,500-mile adventure beginning at The University of Texas at Austin, which included delivering $335,000 in grants to cancer research and support service organizations. While in Anchorage, the riders will connect with local community to share stories of hope, knowledge, & charity and participate in a fundraising dinner.
After 18-months of leadership development, training, volunteering and fundraising, the riders are put to the test. The students brave all kinds of weather and road conditions while pedaling more than 4,000 miles in the fight against cancer. During the past 14 years, over 650 students have made the trek from Austin to Anchorage, collectively raising more than $7 million in the fight against cancer since the ride began in 2003.
The riders will be celebrated back in Austin at the annual Tribute Gala on August 25th at the JW Marriott; tickets are currently on sale. Learn more about the 2017 Texas 4000 team, donate and read the riders’ blogs at: www.texas4000.org.
About Texas 4000
Texas 4000 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating student leaders and engaging communities in the fight against cancer. Each year, a team of dedicated University of Texas at Austin students brave the elements to complete a 4,000+-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska sharing Hope, Knowledge and Charity. Over the course of their 18-months with Texas 4000, riders train, fundraise and develop as leaders and volunteers in the community. Their 70-day summer ride is the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Texas 4000 has raised more than $7 million for the fight against cancer and made grants to organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and UT Austin’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. www.texas4000.org, www.facebook.com/texas4000 or https://twitter.com/Texas4000.