This weekend is the 2nd annual Utah Cyclocross-Cross Out Cancer event. The Utah Cyclocross series (UTCX) is a 12 race series that is hugely popular in Northern Utah. Last year, the promoters decided to dedicate one of the races as a fundraiser for Livestrong Foundation. It was incredibly successful and they have committed to the Cross Out Cancer event again this year in hopes to raise money for Huntsman Cancer Foundation in addition to Livestrong.
The day is packed full of fun with something for everyone. There is a 5k trail run in the morning and a fun ride later in the day. Between these two charity events will be cyclocross racing. In cyclocross racing, racers ride basically a road bike with a little beefier tire. They race around a relatively short circuit and have to get off their bike and run over barriers.
It is incredibly spectator friendly and rowdy spectators and heckling of the racers is actually encouraged! The beefier tire is necessary because racing is mostly on dirt in the Fall when it is typically cold, rainy, or snowy.
This weekend is looking to be beautiful though. There will also be a silent auction all day long where you can bid on fantastic schwag. Proceeds go to Huntsman Cancer Foundation and Livestrong Foundation.
Here is basic information for the event:
Where: Wheeler Farm
When: October 18, 2011
7:15 Registration opens
8:00 Start of 5k trail run
9:00 Silent Auction Opens for Bids
9:10 Course open for pre-ride
9:30 Racing begins (I'm going off at 11:15)
1:25 Fun ride
3:00 Silent Auction Bidding Closes
If you cant make the event, you can still participate by donating! I have set up a page for donations. Of course, every small amount is truly appreciated. I recently saw a statistic where it was projected that a total of 1,596,670 new cancer cases and 571,950 deaths from cancer will occur in the United States in 2011 alone! (CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 212–236, July/August 2011) Clearly cancer affects many and continued research is imperative.
If you would like to donate, click here. Donations can be made through the middle of December. 100% of the donations will go directly to research.