Texas 4000 riders looking to once again make a stop in Border City
Lloydminster, Alta. – With 70 days, three routes and 4,000 miles, from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage Alaska, the longest annual charitable bike ride for cancer research, will once again be making a stop in Lloydminster.
In part of the longest annual charity bicycle ride, twice as long as the Tour de France, 72 students from The University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin) compile the twelfth Texas 4,000 team.
The riders, each participate in rigorous training, to ensure they are in tip-top shape for the journey across the continent.
On July 19, more than 20 riders will be stopping into the Border City, and Dick Arie, is looking to ensure they have a warm welcome.
“We want to welcome them, and be sure they can be well fed,” Arie said, who is sponsoring the group this year.
“I want to ensure they will remember Lloydminster, and I know we can give them a great Lloydminster welcome.”
The 2016 riders began their journey in Austin, and have made the trek, at the time of this piece, more 1,600 miles, on the Ozarks Route.
Arie felt it was very important to support the young riders as the travel across North America.
“It takes a lot of courage and a lot of guts, to take 70 days out of summer, and do this.”
Fighting cancer, raising funds, and finding a cure, sit close to Aries’ heart, as he was the logistic coordinator for Relay for Life for more than 16 years, as well, his wife is a cancer survivor.
“Obviously, cancer effects everyone, and there is hardly a person in the community who has not been affected by cancer. I just have to take my hat off tot these young people,” he added.
Arie, and the riders have been well received by the community, for when he has asked groups to help out, they step up, and make the effort without avail.
“It is a good cause, and everybody in Lloydminster, feels it is worth the while, I get great responses.”
When the riders arrive in Lloydminster on July 19, they will be treated on the city’s east end, loaded onto a coach bus, and taken to Grace United Church for lunch.
The ladies with U.C.W. will be preparing the lunch. The riders will than receive a pep talk from the Mayor and be greated by a representative of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Remaining food from the lunch will be gathered up and made into a bagged lunch, that riders can take with them on the road the next day.
Arie and his wife will then host the riders for Camp Fire Story.
“The campfire story is when the young riders gather, and hear the cancer stories of locals along the trial. Last year, my wife told her story.”
The next morning, following a camp out in the gym of the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, Border City Rotary Club will host the riders for breakfast, and wish them on their way.
Donations can be made to the riders, via their website at www.texas4000.org, or given as cash donations on the days the riders are in town.
Texas 4000 began 12 years ago when UT Austin student and cancer survivor, Chris Condit, went looking for a way to share a message of hope, knowledge, and charity. Since its founding, the team has sent out 540 riders, traveled more than two million miles, and has raised over $4.5 million towards cancer research and support programs.
The 2016 team has raised more than $536,000 so far.
To learn more about Texas 4000 visit, www.texas4000.org.
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