Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions we receive from prospective participants. For run or ride specific questions please follow the links below.
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Who We Are?
The 4K for Cancer is composed of young adults from all over the world who have a spirit for adventure and a desire to changes the lives of those affected by cancer. We are siblings, children, grand children, and friends of those affected by cancer. We are cancer survivors riding to support those who supported us. We are motivated individuals who have seen the destruction the disease can cause and want to do something to fight back. We are about people and action. We are not just a cross-country journey – but instead a movement of young adults making our way cross country to attack this disease head on. We believe in the power of building a team and supporting our fellow participants. No one will be left alone or behind and we will support each other during the difficult times. We are the 4K for Cancer.
Do I have to be a college student?
You do not have to be a college student to participate in the 4K, although most of our participants are college age students ranging in age between 18 – 25 years old. One thing they all have in common is an actice lifestyle, a sense of adventure, and a commitment to fight cancer.
What is the fundraising requirement?
To participate in the 4K, each each participant must raise a minimum of $4500, which is roughly $1 for every mile we travel.
Most participants easily exceed the fundraising minimum and bring in between $5000 and $7000. We provide each rider with a fundraising packet, which they will receive once they are registered on a team.
Where does the money I raise go?
The money raised by our riders goes toward supporting the efforts and initiatives of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Learn more here.
How many people are on each team?
Each team will have between 25 and 35 participants, although we average around 30 participants per team.
What do we eat?
A better question is “how much do we eat?” Our breakfasts and dinners are provided by our host communities and tend to consist of cereal, breakfast bars, fruit, bagels in the morning and a hot, happy, and big dinner each night. Lunches are quick and easy (as they are normally eaten at a water stop on the side of the road) and we tend to chomp down on pizzas, burgers, salads, and any other food donated to our riders. Each year we have participants who have special dietary concerns and we work with them (and our hosts) to make sure everyone has something to eat that makes them rub their belly afterwards and say “Mmmm.”
Where do we sleep?
We make sure that we have a safe and more comfortable place for you to sleep each night. Host communities usually provide us with accommodations. Along our trip we stay in churches, on gym floors, at home stays, in dorms, and occasionally in hotels.
Can I get mail on the route?
We will have multiple mail drops along the route. We give each participant (and their families) this information before the trip depart. Your friends and family can use these addresses to send you goodies and care packages at different stops along the route.
How do I keep in touch with family and friends?
Maildrops as mentioned above. We have cell phone reception (in theory) along most of our routes and most communites have Wifi they let us use.