Not many people in the world can say that they have ridden a bicycle over 4,500 miles during the summer, striving through rain, sleet, snow, wind and heat throughout North America. Not many people can say that they have contributed to the longest annual charity ride in the world. A selective group of students from The University of Texas at Austin can.
These students are a part of a UT non-profit, student run organization, Texas 4000, which raises money for cancer research at MD Anderson, and the riders dedicate over a year of training to prepare for this 70 day journey from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. The organization does not only consist of raising money for MD Anderson or trekking across the United States, but the riders also spread hope and knowledge to cancer fighters in multiple cities along the way. They spread hope by letting those touched by cancer know that people are riding for them and are determined to eliminate the disease, and they share knowledge by revealing life-saving information about cancer prevention.
This is an inspiring organization to cancer survivors, patients and supporters alike. Of course, we could not continue this organization and spreading hope, knowledge and charity, without the support of people like you. This is why Texas 4000 would like to spread the invitation of an upcoming, annual event to anyone and everyone who wants to contribute in the fight against cancer in support of our organization and what we do.
Each year, Texas 4000 hosts an event, the ATLAS Ride, for supporters and advocates against cancer, to ride and join the team on the first day of their journey. This year the event is taking place on June 1st. It is a welcoming, family event, and I cannot think of a more inspiring way to spend your Saturday. People can choose to ride a 25, 50 or 70 mile route along with the team or they can choose to join the celebration after the ride is over. The starting location for the 25 mile route is Pillar Bluff Vineyards, 2935 FM 1478, Lampasas, Texas, at 10am while the 50 and 70 mile routes will start at Running Brushy Middle School, 2303 N. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park, Texas, at 8am.
All routes finish at the Pillar Bluff Vineyards, where there will be wine, BBQ, live music and other activities. Non-riding supporters can buy tickets, Partner Passes, to enjoy activities, food and drinks for $20. Transportation back to the starting location will be provided for $20 for the 50 and 70 mile routes. There will also be late registration available the day of the event at the starting location for each route. From Lampasas, the riders will head north, separating into three routes: the Rockies, Sierra and Ozarks as they continue on a ride twice as long as the Tour de France.
We hope that you will join us for the ATLAS Ride in support of our organization, goals and determination to beat this horrible disease. Whether you are an advocate for a cure or just want to support a good cause, we would love to have you! If you register between March 3rd and May 29th, the fee is $60 and after May 29th is $70. If you would like to register or need more information please visit the Texas 4000 web site at www.texas4000.org/atlas. You can pick up your rider packet before the event or the day of. Packet pick-up and late registration locations and times can be found on the web site.
By joining this event you can show your support for Texas 4000, and help to make an impact by supporting those affected by cancer. Although it will be a tough journey for the team, it just means that we are another year closer to finding a cure, ending this disease for good and saving more lives. Together, we can make this world a healthier place.