Texas 4,000 bikers trek through Beaumont Thursday

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Members of the Texas 4,000 team, including local Layla Nejad, are greeted by Mayor Becky Ames after arriving at City Hall Thursday. The team is part of a more than 4,000 mile trek across the country to help raise funds for cancer research. Seventy-two riders are taking part in the event this year, with some riding in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. The ride started in 2004 among students at the University of Texas at Austin. Each year since, 72 riders, chosen from hundreds who apply to join, make the journey from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska. Beaumont native Nejad, who is riding with the Ozarks team, helped add an additional route to the trip, taking her team through southeast Texas and into Louisiana, which have high rates of cancer. The group of 27 riders spent the night at Lamar University, but first made a stop to the Spindletop Museum, where the replica gusher, designed and built by Nejad’s father Sina Nejad, was turned on as a special treat for the team.

Photo/articple by Kim Brent

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