ANCHORAGE - Riding nearly 4,500 miles, 62 dedicated cyclists arrived in Anchorage Friday evening, celebrating the finish of 70 day long journey across the continent.
The trip is called the Texas 4,000. It starts in Austin and travels up through the US and Canada, eventually finishing in Alaska. Participants said the trip is grueling at times, but it’s completed to raise money for cancer research.
At the UAA finish line, Melissa Miller said she decided to test her limits on her bike after a doctor discovered precancerous cells in her sister’s cervix.
“When I found out about Texas 4,000, I thought it would be a good way to show her 'I'm here for you. I'm fighting for you,'” said Miller. “I wanted this bike ride to be the words I never said to her.”
According to the executive director of the event, the cyclists raised nearly $600,000 this year to donate to charity.
“There were those times when you hit the low points. Where it's cold, it's wet and the days are just so long,” said finisher Shawn Killian. “But you got your teammates by your side, and you got the people who you ride for, and you remember why you’re here. And that's what gets you to the end.”
Event organizers said this is the longest distance annual charity bike ride in the world.