Cyclists with Texas 4000 will roll through Farmington this week

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FARMINGTON — A pack of cyclists riding from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness about cancer are on schedule to roll through Farmington next week.

At least 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin have been training and fundraising for 18 months for the ride, which spans more than 4,000 miles. Each cyclist has a different reason for participating in the 70-day ride, according tobiographies on the website for Texas 4000, the nonprofit that organizes the ride.

Drew Herbort is riding for his grandmother, Barbara Meyer, who is fighting cancer again. Ria Cho is riding for her father who died from cancer last June. Nikki Miller is riding to spread hope to those like her friend, Emily, who is battling a brainstem tumor.

Other are riding for family members who don’t have cancer.

“It’s their way of fighting for the people who are fighting,” said Emmy Laursen, Texas 4000 program coordinator.

Area residents can meet some of the cyclists at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in the hospital’s cancer center, 731 W. Animas St.

The ride began in 2004 with two routes to Anchorage, and, in 2013, it widened to three routes. The West Coast route winds through Farmington, another rolls through the Rocky Mountains and the third runs through Chicago. On average, 25 students ride in a pack on each route.

Chris Condit, a University of Texas student and cancer survivor, started the ride 12 years ago.

“Personally, to him, it was a metaphor for his own fight,” Laursen said.

Written by Dan Schwartz

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