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No Texas 4000 visitors this year

This year's Texas 4000 team has cancelled its bike ride to Alaska due to Covid-19.
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The Texas 4000 riders from the Ozarks route made a stop at Charlie Lake on July 21, 2019, where the Rotary Club of Fort St. John treated them to a barbecue dinner.

This year's Texas 4000 team has cancelled its bike ride to Alaska due to Covid-19.

Students from the University of Texas make the annual trek from Austin to Anchorage raising funds in the fight against cancer, and are always sure to stop and spend a night with Rotarians in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

The team said May 13 it will host this year’s event virtually to ensure the health and safety of students and the communities they normally travel through on their 4,000-mile ride.

“With many states showing slow and inconsistent progress in the fight against COVID-19, the lack of widespread COVID-19 and antibody testing, the relaxing of social distancing measures, and the varied local, state, and Canadian provincial directives, Texas 4000 is sad to announce that the 2020 Team will not be physically riding from Austin to Anchorage this summer," the team said.

"While this is a difficult decision, all of us, the board, staff, and 2020 Team, agree this is the right decision during these historically difficult times.”

The event has raised more than $10 million since it launched in 2004.

Students must apply to take part in the 18-month program, which includes a $4,500 fundraising commitment, 2,000 training miles, and at least 50 hours of community volunteerism.

The students that come through the Peace region cycle the Ozarks route, which first takes them northeast from Texas and through what's called the "cancer belt" in the southern United States, where cancer rates are highest.

From May 29 to June 26, the team says supporters can join in on virtual ride dedication circles, stationary cycling with the team, and taking part in special evening conversations to learn cancer awareness and prevention information, and more about the personal stories of the riders.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.