Cyclists ready to pedal for a cure in third annual ‘Gear Up Against Kids Cancer’

Cyclists at the 2023 Gear Up Against Kids Cancer bike ride in Floresville, TX


May 9, 2024

Contact: Eileen Teves, 210-450-7239,


 WHAT:         Cyclists of all levels from across the country will gather in Floresville, Texas for the third annual Gear Up Against Kids Cancer, a bike ride created to bring community awareness to the more than 15,000 children in the United States annually diagnosed with cancer.

The bike ride raises much-needed funds to help researchers develop more effective, less toxic treatments for childhood cancer.

All proceeds from the event stay local and directly support Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), and its mission to translate today’s research discoveries into tomorrow’s treatments.

Cyclists will ride one of three routes through scenic Wilson County, traveling for 28 miles, 40 miles or 60 miles.

WHEN:         Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m.

Check-in for cyclists, plus last-minute packets and registration will take place at 6:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony and remarks start at 7:45 a.m.

Cyclists for the 60-mile route will begin their ride at 8:00 a.m., then the 40-mile route follows at 8:15 a.m. The 28-mile route starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:       The location of the bike ride’s start and finish line is Floresville River City Park, 756 Texas Highway 97, Floresville, TX 78114.

WHO:           More than 360 registered cyclists of all levels

NOTES:        Gear Up Against Kids Cancer’s inaugural ride in 2022 had more than 200 riders. In 2023, there were more than 300 riders who participated in the annual bike ride.

Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute is one of only two institutes in the United States dedicated solely to pediatric cancer research. Its 20 laboratories focus their strengths on cancer genomics, DNA repair, RNA biology and drug development in finding more effective and less toxic treatments for childhood cancers.

Since 2004, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute has been home to groundbreaking research. Its mission is to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer, contribute to understanding its causes and accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute strives to have a national and global impact on childhood cancer by discovering, developing and disseminating new scientific knowledge. Their mission consists of three key areas – research, clinical and education.

The ride is held in conjunction with the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.

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For more information about Gear Up Against Kids Cancer, including registration and routes, visit

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