Texas 4000 for Cancer

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Texas 4000

The LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 for Cancer or Texas 4000 is a 501(c)(3) federally registered non-profit organization, and the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world. Each year a new group of 60 to 100 University of Texas at Austin students make a 70 day, 4,687 mile bike trek from the Texas campus in Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Each rider meets training and community service expectations as well as a $4,500 fundraising goal that goes toward Texas 4000's mission of Hope, Knowledge and Charity from Austin to Anchorage. To date, Texas 4000 has donated over $4 million to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.

History[edit]

Texas 4000 was founded by Chris Condit in 2004, then a student at UT Austin, as a student organization inspired by riders of the Hopkins 4K (4K for Cancer, Inc.). Diagnosed at age 11, Condit himself is a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor. He conceived Texas 4000 as a way to continue the fight against cancer. In 2004, co-founders Mandy Creecy, Abram Grae, Dan Obenour, Carly Sturdivant, Brandon Magsamen and Adriano Vieira worked with Condit to create the route, volunteer model and overall structure that has been continued by University of Texas student leaders and an increasingly large team of supporters and volunteers.

Current Routes[edit]

Sierra

Rockies

Ozarks

Previous Riders[edit]

Sierra ('12)

  • Chloe Banks
  • Meryl Carey
  • Royce Chang
  • Nora Davidson
  • Ross Davis
  • Nick De La Cruz
  • Jillian Domingue
  • Laura Garcia
  • Rachael Gaydos
  • Mansi Raythatha
  • Leah Horsch
  • Leah Kressin
  • Daniel Laprea
  • Rojesh Maharjan
  • Christine Manthuruthil
  • Nadia Nadesan
  • Lauren Rego
  • Julia Shatilo
  • Danielle Taimuty
  • Katie Koehler
  • Jeff Zhao

Rockies ('12)

  • Ruel Bobet
  • Bethany Dalby
  • Adiel Escobedo
  • Agustin Fierros
  • Marcelo Flores
  • Shea Flynn
  • Taylor Foreman
  • Jessica Friedman
  • Omar Ghani
  • Neel Gupta
  • Georgene Hergenroeder
  • Kaitlyn Hunt
  • Diana Johnson
  • Brooke WIllard
  • Jonash Loh
  • Katherine Luethcke
  • Nick Meriwether
  • Erin Miller
  • Adriana Oxford
  • Jamie Hill
  • Sarah Sykes
  • Wesley Daye
  • DoSoon Kim

Sierra ('11)

  • Melissa Abrantes
  • Molly Allender
  • Kelly Bahng
  • Sarah Fernandez
  • Lane Follmar
  • Tanu Garg
  • Jessica Hanna
  • Alanna Iverson
  • Maria Rafik Langlois
  • Chelsea Lawson
  • Sam Markoff
  • Denny Mathew
  • Amanda McCarty
  • Kylee Olson
  • Adam Petri
  • Ben Phillips
  • Will Ragan
  • Sarah Rupe
  • Erin Scott
  • Ryan Sherman
  • Steven Trenfield
  • Tommy Vinyard
  • Spencer White

Rockies ('11)

  • Jeremy Benavides
  • Rachel Brenner
  • Aaron Curtis
  • Shiyam Galyon
  • Nahil Hamam
  • Steward Keltner
  • Shannon Kintner
  • Ilya Kuperman
  • Adam Laurenzo
  • Melody Liao
  • Whitney Mangold
  • Bijal Mehta
  • Brooke Milbauer
  • Taylor Ortiz
  • Liz Peters
  • Ana DeMetz Pope
  • Tyler Shaw
  • Matt Song
  • Edward Standefer
  • Amanda Taylor
  • Danielle Villasana
  • Benjamin Wagman

Sierra ('10)

  • Arvin Akhavan
  • Nathan Boes
  • Basia Borodziewicz
  • Gabriel Cintron
  • Ana Coronell
  • Mariana Fanous
  • Kathryn Flowers
  • Michael Gaydos
  • Alec Herzog
  • Jackie Hwang
  • Amira Jensen
  • Andrew King
  • Angela Loya
  • Tyler Mann
  • Leah McAleer
  • Jared Muston
  • Emily Overfield
  • Krisztina Petz
  • Erica Plummer
  • Charlie Saginaw
  • David Santino
  • Taylor Smith
  • Paul Tavakolian
  • Karen Wood
  • Taylor Yong
  • Yijiao Zhuang

Rockies ('10)

  • Andrea Austin
  • Dyar Bentz
  • Joel Bixier
  • Brett Bowlin
  • Jordan Deathe
  • Ashton Dippel
  • Kelsey Edmondson
  • John Fitch
  • Kristen Hattaway
  • Wilson Ho
  • Natasha Immaraj
  • Brittany Kinard
  • Samuel Kutscha
  • Jinyang Liang
  • Mahek Mehta
  • Shilen Patel
  • Kate Petty
  • Andrew Porter
  • Allie Rathert
  • Jack Reynolds
  • Kathryn Simpson
  • Roseann Trevino
  • Austin VanTine
  • Lauren Waldrop
  • Daniel Walk
  • Kelly Webeck
  • Whitney Yang

Sierra ('09)

  • Sheila Bagir
  • Megan Braunlin
  • Eric Chen
  • Sarah Coyle
  • Jenna Crutsinger
  • Colin Doyle
  • Joel Farris
  • Richard Geffen
  • Zaid Hassan
  • Steven Hirsch
  • Julian Jones
  • Michael McMillin
  • David Navar
  • Max Polansky
  • Lance Pyburn
  • Emily Sawtelle
  • Mari Bryn Snyder
  • Jon Stringer
  • Daniel Tesfay
  • Joe Weismantel
  • Kathryn Yeager

Rockies ('09)

  • Jawad Ashour
  • Benjamin Atkins
  • Ben Baron
  • Lauren Bissey
  • Jeff Boes
  • Carolina Canavati
  • Susan Davis
  • Lisa DeLosso
  • Andrew Hsieh
  • Susan Linn
  • Edlin Maldonado
  • Michael McAllaster
  • Brian Menegaz
  • Emma Miller
  • Audrey Neville
  • Thaison Nguyen
  • Jan Ongpatanavutikun
  • Emily Parham
  • Greg Raaberg
  • Sarmed Rashid
  • Allison Sandlin
  • Courtney Somerville
  • Kate Steinhebel

Sierra ('08)

  • Javier M. Alarcia-Mencia
  • Benjamin Bass
  • Kacie Baugh-Wessling
  • Alaina Bissey
  • Todd Bondy
  • Lauren Briscoe
  • Daniel Culotta
  • Clay Dalton
  • David Francis
  • Troves Gilbert
  • Val Hope
  • Brooke Ives
  • Amy Lalicker
  • Dylan LeBlanc
  • Jose Lozano
  • Joe Moore
  • Rocky Rhodes
  • Kyle Schaefer
  • Rebecca Sholiton
  • Ben Vial
  • Pamela Wiebusch
  • Dan Yuan

Rockies ('08)

  • Geoff Abraham
  • Scott Admire
  • Pete Bataillon
  • MJ/Emily Bollinger
  • Peter Bouck
  • Michael Casey
  • Dane Edwards
  • Kasaundra Heiberger
  • Evan Holtzman
  • Stella Jang
  • Trent Johnson
  • Katherine Kuang
  • Julio Lucero
  • Trisha McAndrew
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Abby O'Connor
  • Alberto Portillo
  • Rob Secker
  • Geeta Shukla
  • Ivan Valentine

Sierra ('07)

  • Oleg Balter
  • Peyton Coker
  • Rachael Cook
  • Miguel Corona
  • Jody Cross
  • Eric Estrin
  • Michael Glass
  • Darlene Gou
  • David Haase
  • Ryan Hill
  • Timothy Hofstra
  • Kevin Ko
  • Elyse LeBuffe
  • Emily Ochoa
  • Katrina Perry
  • John Poynor
  • Tyler Rambeau
  • Elyor Sebbane
  • Jordan Smotherman
  • Shelley Vinyard
  • Michael Vitek

Rockies ('07)

  • Amy Albin
  • Alex Chang
  • Nelson Chang
  • Usman Cheema
  • Michael Choate
  • Daniel Kietzer
  • Allison Krisak
  • Eric Marlowe
  • Chris McCraw
  • Alex Menzies
  • Claire Olsen
  • Vinoj Pillai
  • Collin Ratcliff
  • Natalie Rovira Choate
  • Alex Schliker
  • Ellen Soper
  • Katy Stafford
  • Shawn Walker

Routes[edit]

The trip takes three routes: Rockies, Sierra, and Ozarks. The Sierra route heads west across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders then travel north through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon. The Rockies route heads north to Oklahoma, northwest through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. Previously, riders separated into two routes- Rockies and Sierra-, but a new route –Ozarks- was created to celebrate the organization’s 10th year anniversary. Major cities on the route include College Station, Houston, Little Rock, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

The routes separate after Day 1 and converge in Whitehorse, Yukon on Day 60. The last 10 days are ridden west to Anchorage together. Mileage for a typical day ranges between 50 and 100 miles, averaging roughly 65 miles/day with a few days' mileages reaching past the century mark.

ATLAS Ride[edit]

In 2005, the ride organizers conceived the ATLAS ride as an additional event and fundraiser. Each year, the community is invited to join the Texas 4000 cyclists for the first day's ride from Cedar Park, TX to Lampasas, TX. The ATLAS event has grown to several hundred participants who ride 25-, 50- and 70-mile routes.

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