Texas 4000 ride goes virtual, aims to raise $1 million in fight against cancer

The annual Texas 4000 ride from Austin to Anchorage has gone virtual this year. (Courtesy Texas 4000)
The annual Texas 4000 ride from Austin to Anchorage has gone virtual this year. (Courtesy Texas 4000)

The annual Texas 4000 ride from Austin to Anchorage has gone virtual this year. (Courtesy Texas 4000)

Every summer since 2003, a group of University of Texas students have set off to Anchorage, Alaska, on a 70-day charity bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research and cancer support services.

This year, the 78 Texas 4000 riders have been taken off the road due to safety precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but they still are contributing to the cause. The riders are putting in their 4,000 miles either on stationary bikes or local roads, with daily broadcasts available on the nonprofit organization’s website and social media channels.


According to the Texas 4000 website, the nonprofit has already raised more than half of its $1 million goal—$503,519. Donations can be made on the organization’s website.

The money goes to different organizations, each with a focus on cancer research or support. Texas 4000 has a grant review committee that includes alumni, board members staff and community members who select the recipients. According to the nonprofit’s website, past recipients include MD Anderson Cancer Center and the the Livestrong Foundation.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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