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Livestrong Texas 4,000 will be stopping Friday in Fergus Falls

Published 11:11am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sixty-nine undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin will pedal more than 4,500 miles braving the rain, sleet, wind, snow, and heat — and stop in Fergus Falls — as part of the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world.

The 70-day journey from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, is designed to share hope, knowledge, and charity with those affected by cancer.

The 2013 Livestrong Texas 4,000 team began their journey from Austin to Alaska on June 1, 2013 with a 70-mile community bike ride called ATLAS.

Previously, riders separated into two routes — Rockies and Sierra — but a new route, Ozarks, was created to celebrate the organization’s 10th year anniversary.

The 23 riders doing the Osarks route will stop in Fergus Falls between 3 and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 5, stay overnight at the AmericInn, and head to Fargo Saturday morning.

The Ozarks route will hit almost double the population than the Sierra and Rockies routes combined, staying true to Texas 4000’s mission in spreading hope to as many people as possible.

Major cities on the route include College Station, Houston, Little Rock, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Winnipeg and Edmonton. The 2013 ride has been planning the turn-by-turn directions, confirming hosts and ensuring media coverage on this brand new route since January of 2012.

Along their journey, riders will volunteer at community events that contribute in the fight against cancer and visit with cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and family members to make educational presentations about cancer prevention and early detection.

They also use this time to offer hope and encouragement and share their personal stories to cancer fighters of all ages and to those who have been affected by the disease.

Every encounter is an inspirational story the riders carry with them on their journey and quest to fight cancer.

“The ride itself serves as a metaphor for the difficult battle cancer patients wage each day: A long and difficult road, with hard days and easier ones, good days, and not so good days. This is a difficult trip for me on many levels,” says Ozarks rider, Tina Beigelbeck “But I have known so many people with cancer who bravely, fiercely, and with determination, fought this dreadful disease. I ride for those

those people.

Texas 4000 began 10 years ago when, Chris Condit a University of Texas student and cancer survivor, sought a way to share a message of hope, knowledge and charity to those with cancer.

Since then, Texas 4000 has sent more than 395 riders on their bicycles, traveling more than 2 million miles to honor those affected by cancer. Collectively, these riders have raised more than $4 million for the fight against cancer, funding cancer research projects at MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Biomedical Engineering Department, and survivorship programs such as the Livestrong Navigational Services Center.

If any message should be endorsed, it is that the fight against cancer cannot be won alone. A disease this broad that spans so many lives and all ages, ethnicities, races, and genders requires the persistent strength, support, and knowledge of the entire community to overcome.

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