Events like the LIVESTRONG Challenge help the LAF unite people in the fight against cancer and raise funds to provide information and tools for cancer survivors. In addition, the LIVESTRONG Challenge funds our programmatic and advocacy efforts to prevent cancer, ensure access to screening and care, invest in research and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.
You may have seen recent news that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB 14, which establishes the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and that the Texas legislature passed the companion legislation, HJR 90, which offers Texans an opportunity to vote to provide $300 million a year over 10 years for cancer research and programs in Texas.
The LAF was part of a coalition helped pass these bills but our work isn't over yet. This fall, Texans will vote on November 6th and decide whether Texas will invest in cancer prevention and research over the next ten years.
Because of this historic opportunity, the date of the LIVESTRONG Challenge 5K run/walk has been changed to Saturday, October 13th, and will take place on the Texas Capitol grounds and include a rally in support of the November vote.
The 2007 LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin will see the
ride move out west to start and finish in Dripping Springs, Lance
Armstrong's training grounds. Dripping Springs is a quiet, picturesque
community 20 miles from the Austin city limits and is commonly referred
to as the 'Gateway to the Hill Country'. Dripping Springs terrain lends
itself to any cyclist who wants to enjoy a quiet, challenging ride that
encompasses everything the Hill Country is known for: Texas Ranches,
rolling hills, riverfront views, whitetail deer and quintessential
The course departs out of Dripping Springs High School, and the
beauty of the ride is immediately evident. The 60 and 90-mile courses
head southeast towards the quaint town of Wimberley nestled along the
Blanco River where the shaded roads and riverfront view is the ideal
place for riding. 90-mile riders then head due west towards the town
of Fisher and northwest traversing the town of Blanco. The course then
turns back towards Dripping Springs for the Post Event Party.
Overall, all the course distances for the Austin Challenge encompass
moderate to difficult terrain with some steep climbs. The long course
will ascend a total of 6,000 ft. before finishing back in Dripping
I posted several blog entries detailing my LIVESTROING experience: