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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Summit Recreation Center Hosts Cycling Team as They Pedal to End Cancer

On Sunday evening, June 1st, Temple’s Summit Recreation Center will host approximately thirty cyclists as they rest overnight while pedaling their way from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness and funding for cancer research.

Founded in 2003, Texas 4000 is the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Comprised of student riders, volunteers and community supporters, every member is passionate about fighting cancer. Each cyclist is required to raise a minimum of $4,500 and log a minimum of 1,500 training miles prior to departure.

Once riders have departed for Alaska, they divide into three routes: Rockies, Sierra and Ozarks. The Rockies route heads through the Rocky Mountains stopping in cities such as Denver, CO and Missoula, MT. The Sierra route will travel through San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR and through the Sierra Mountains along the West Coast. The Ozarks route treks through the Ozark Mountains and up through the Midwest with planned stops in St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN. The Summit Recreation Center will be hosting the Ozarks team in their facility. Pedaling more than 4,000 miles, Texas 4000 is a journey that takes grit, determination, and support.

After hearing about the event, one Temple resident immediately got involved. “My daughter graduated from the University of Texas and told me about UT’s commitment coordinating this important event. I learned that a one-night stay in Temple was a key component in taking care of the riders. I knew that I wanted to get involved helping with such an important cause” said Eddy Freeman, owner of Freeman Bail Bonds. “They were having trouble finding a location to stay overnight in Temple, so I contacted the Summit Recreation Center and they immediately committed to supporting the riders for a well-deserved rest in Temple”.

“Sponsoring this event is a natural fit for us and demonstrates our commitment to provide recreation and health-related awareness to our community” said Summit Recreation Specialist, Daminek Taplin. “We very proud to support the Texas 4000 bicyclists”.

This is not the first time the Summit has been involved with funding cancer treatment and research, said Recreation Specialist, Sara Miller. “In April, Summit member Daniel McDonald earned first place in the nation-wide Expresso Bikes’ “Pedal To End Cancer” contest benefitting the American Cancer Society. With the commitment of our Summit members and the Texas 4000 riders, we’ve bonded a group of virtual bike riders with outdoor cyclists in pedaling to fund cancer research.”

The riders will be met in Salado and escorted to the Summit Recreation Center by Constable Thomas Prado. With an expected arrival of mid-afternoon on Sunday, Summit staff looks forward to sharing their pool, hot tubs and saunas to ease the rider’s muscles and boost their spirits as they prepare for an early departure on Monday morning.

“Riding a bicycle to Alaska certainly is hard work and requires a strong commitment,” remarked Taplin. “When I remind myself we have had several Summit members take on the fight against cancer and beat it, I know if the riders match our members’ resolve to win, the ride to Alaska will be one of the most rewarding events of their lifetime”.

Texas 4000 is dedicated to fight cancer by sharing Hope, Knowledge and Charity in funding cancer treatment and research and to cultivate the next generation to lead the fight against cancer. Texas 4000 shares HOPE by letting those touched by cancer know that they are riding for them and are determined to eliminate the disease. They share KNOWLEDGE by bringing life-saving information about cancer prevention to communities and share CHARITY by making a commitment to support cancer research and lead the charge in overcoming cancer. Over the past ten years, Texas 4000 has proudly raised more than $3 million for the fight against cancer and ensure fundraising dollars are donated to the most effective initiative to fighting cancer.

For more information or to track the progress of cyclists participating in the Texas 4000, please visit www.texas4000.org. For additional information on The Summit Recreation Center, please visit www.templesummit.com or call 254.298.5430.

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