Texas 4000 charity bike ride wheels into the Peace this weekend

The Texas 4000 charity ride will make its way through Dawson Creek and Fort St. John this weekend.

Cyclists will pedal into the Peace on Saturday and Sunday as part of their 70-day, 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise funds for the fight against cancer. More than 80 students from the University of Texas are taking part.

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“Each of these young women and men are leaders. They understand that leadership is about going where you are needed and doing what needs to be done,” Scott Crews, executive director of Texas 4000, said in a news release.

“They all have a story of how cancer has touched their life, and for that reason they have committed to making a difference in the lives of others diagnosed with cancer by raising funds for cancer research and support services.”

The team will arrive in Dawson Creek on Saturday, 50 days after they began their journey. On Sunday evening, cyclists are being welcomed by the Rotary Club of Fort St. John at the Rotary RV Park at Charlie Lake with a dinner, and a breakfast the following morning. Around two dozen riders are expected.

The ride has raised nearly $10 millions since it launched in 2004. Students must apply to take part in the 18-month, which includes a $4,500 fundraising commitment, 2,000 training miles, and at least 50 hours of community volunteerism.

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

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