UT students stop in Lubbock, biking to Alaska for cancer researc

UT students stop in Lubbock, biking to Alaska for cancer research

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A group of UT students cycled through Lubbock, on their way from Austin to Alaska.

It's 4,000 miles over 70 days, coming out to nearly 60 miles a day. It's to raise money for cancer research, aiming to raise more than $600,000 for cancer for cancer centers across Texas.

Each rider must raise $4,500, commit to a variety of fund raising events, and more than a year of training.

Ruthvik Allala ignores the pain and fatigue as he pushes through for his grandmother. 

"My grandma, in sophomore year of college, actually got esophageal cancer and seeing her suffer and seeing her battle really inspired me to do something in the battle against cancer and give back in my own way," Allala said. "And once she passed it just became that much more of a driving force. And as I heard my teammates' stories, there's teammates who've lost parents, who have lost siblings, friends, loved ones and that has really driven me that much more money and bike harder for these people and keep all these people in my thoughts as I'm riding from Austin to Alaska."

There are three routes: through the Sierra Nevadas, Rockies and Ozarks. Lubbock is on the Sierra Nevadas route.

From Lubbock the riders will pedal to Clovis, eventually ending in Anchorage August 10.

The team is still accepting donations. If you'd like to contribute or just follow the route of these riders, click here.

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