A group of over 20 college students from University of Texas will spend 70 days of their summer recess on bicycles to make the 4,000 mile trek from Texas to Alaska to raise money and awareness to help fight Cancer.

The team will stop over in Kanab on June 20 on their way to a day of rest at Zion National Park before making the trek to reach the coastal route to Alaska. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the annual bike ride, which was started by cancer survivor and Texas alum Chris Condit in 2003. This is the seventh year Kanab has played host to the Texas 4000. “Cowboy” Ted Hallisey has been involved with all seven events.

“I am so honored to play a very small part in this fantastic event to raise awareness and funds to help fight Cancer,” Hallisey reported. “This is proof that young people still care about the rest of the people around the world. These college students give up the summer, as well as Father’s Day, every year to make the world better for others.”

Kanab business owners have been very generous hosts during the busy tourist season. Crazy Horse Campground provides a free camp space and opens their clubhouse to the students for refreshments, video games, billiards and access to Internet. Best Western Red Hills provides breakfast for the riders before they hit the road to Zion on June 21.

The cyclist’s look for free meals and lodging during the trip in order to make sure the funds from this event go to help people battling cancer. Each rider has to raise a minimum amount of money to earn a spot on the team. They also make time to break away from college studies to train for nearly a year leading up to the summer trek.

The Texas 4000 crew will make a presentation about their 4,000-mile ride and to raise awareness about cancer on Sunday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Gazebo in Kanab.

The Father’s Day event will be hosted by Stuart and Wendy Allan, who will also organize dinner for the 20 riders. Individuals can make donations in person with the riders at the presentation or online through the Texas 4000 website.

See www.texas4000.org for more information or to make a donation.