Hill Country Ride for AIDS Adds First-Ever Run Component

Austin, TX - The Hill Country Ride for AIDS, which features cupcake and popsicle treats at pit stops and foot rubs at the finish line, is now adding a run to its annual cycling fundraiser.


For the first time ever, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS offers 5k, 10k and half marathon running routes for non-cyclists who want to be a part of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in Central Texas.

All cycling and running trails will start and end at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown on April 28.

Runners will receive the same support offered to cyclists: individual help from a Hill Country Ride coach, training runs leading up to the big event to acclimate beginners, and routes that are fully supported by a wildly entertaining staff of volunteers.


"One great thing about this ride is that all ages and experience levels are welcome," said Executive Ride Director David Smith. "Adding a trail run means that even more can participate."

The Hill Country Ride for AIDS is a ride and run for the whole family, with special pricing for kids. Cyclists can choose the distance that best suites them: 13, 27, 53, 70 or 100 miles. Participants are welcome to both run and cycle, if they choose.

Voted "Best Bike Ride" for the last two years in the annual Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS supports 10 local nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for people living with HIV and AIDS. Last year, 500 people participated in the ride, raising more than $600,000.

For more information about the ride and registration details, visit www.HillCountryRide.org.

About the Hill Country Ride for AIDS:

The one-day ride offers distances for all cyclists of all levels: 13, 27, 53, 70 or 100 miles. For the first time this year, 5k, 10k and half marathon running trails will be included. The event is a ride, not a race, so anyone can participate. All routes are fully supported by enthusiastic volunteers offering drinks, food, bicycle-repair assistance and rides for stranded cyclists. Children 8 years old and up can ride if accompanied by an adult, and kids of all ages may enjoy the Hill Country Adventure for Kids. Visit www.hillcountryride.org for more details about the Ride.

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