Ride Across America. Fight Cancer.Applications for the 2022 summer are open! Start your adventure- learn more!
Join a group of young adults on 70 day, 4,000 mile bike ride across America this summer to raise funds and awareness for young adult cancer. Spend your summer meeting lifelong friends, seeing the country in a new way, and offering hope, inspiration and support to the cancer community along the way.
A lot goes into the 4K for Cancer. Here is a quick snapshot of some important things to know:
How do you apply?
What are the requirements?
What is the daily mileage covered?
Am I responsible for carrying my own gear?
Where do we stay?
What do we eat?
What if I don't have a bike?
What else is provided?
What biking equipment do I need?
What else is important to have?
What is the fundraising minimum?
Where does the money raised go?
What types of service events can I expect?
Are there service requirements before the trip?
What leadership opportunities are there?
Can I receive college credit through 4K?
COVID-19 2021 Policy
What is the COVID-19 policy for 2021 and 2022?
The 4K for Cancer unites young adults from different communities to travel cross-country on a journey to inspire, raise hope and awareness, and support the Ulman Foundation’s free programs for young adults impacted by cancer. While we are optimistic for a safe 4K for Cancer in 2021 and 2022, depending on the state of the pandemic cross-country travel could pose health risks for our riders and runners, the communities they travel through, and the young adults we support. To ensure the safest environment for the broad Ulman community, the 4K for Cancer as it is traditionally held may be postponed based on current protocols and guidelines provided by experts.
The Ulman Foundation team is developing “safe to ride and run” criteria based on these protocols and guidelines and will continue to evaluate the safety of the 2021 4K for Cancer. Based on that criteria should the 4K for Cancer not be able to take place as originally planned, 4K riders and runners would be updated no later than April 30, 2021 and April 30, 2022 respectively, and would be provided with the option to defer to 2022 or participate in an alternate experience. The alternate experience would be built with the input from riders and runners and based on current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our partner hospitals, and state regulations.
Interested in Joining the Fight?
Applications are open for the summer of 2022! Interested? Fill out the form below for more information.
Hear It From Alumni
For me the 4K is a time to heal. A time for me to honor the loved ones that I have lost to cancer. It is also a time for me to slow down from my busy life and enjoy all the beauty that our country has to offer. It has been an adventure of a lifetime.
The 4K teaches lessons unable to be read in a textbook, carried out through an experiment or written in a paper. To take yourself out of your normal setting, be it class, work or the comfort of home, is the invaluable experience the 4K gives. It challenges you to dig deeper than you ever have before, listen, learn and rely on those that are different from you, and use the stories of those you meet along the way as inspiration to achieve a goal. If offers clarity about life that is incomparable to any other experience, causes you to think and act outside of your comfort zone and teaches that as a team you can, and will, change a world — even if it’s just a single person. The 4K has forever changed who I am today, from how I approach a challenge to how I commute to work in the mornings. I encourage anyone who longs to see the world and change it for the better to become part of this family.
I went into the 4K expecting an incredible experience and left with a beautiful and supportive family that I can depend on forever, as well as a refreshed perspective on life. The amount of personal growth that came from pushing our boundaries every day is astonishing and the effects of the 4K are felt every single day since it has ended. I’m the best version of myself I’ve ever been and I owe everything to my teammates and the mountains we climbed together.
Before 4K, I thought I knew what it meant to be a cancer survivor but I was so wrong. 4K taught me what it means to live beyond my diagnosis and gave me a way to turn my experience as a survivor into something positive and an opportunity to help encourage others to do the same.
A program of @ulmanfoundation. Ride or run 4000 miles across America to fight young adult cancer!
Got some questions?
If you are interested in 4K, but still have some questions before applying, reach out to us!