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“When fighting cancer, NO KID rides alone.”

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Over 200 riders participated in the inaugural “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer” bike ride!

Every two minutes, a family is given the devastating news their child has been diagnosed with cancer.

The “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer” bike ride was created to raise public awareness of this childhood-stealing disease and support the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute‘s mission to translate today’s discoveries in childhood cancer into tomorrow’s treatments.  Proceeds generated will be used to provide funding for innovative research projects that hold great promise but don’t yet qualify for federal or more extensive funding. You are helping to keep the research funding for these potentially lifesaving projects geared up and moving forward!

Your participation or sponsorship directly impacts pediatric cancer research and supports cutting-edge research programs that help train the next generation of research scientists and specialists.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this soon-to-be annual event a tremendous success!

Gear Up Against Kids Cancer, Organizing Committee


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Ride Details


  • Saturday, April 1st, 2023

Start/Finish Line


    • 7:00A      Check-in begins
    • 7:45A      Opening words
    • 8:00A      Wheels down, ALL ROUTES
    • 11:00A    Lunch
    • 4:00P      All riders must be off the routes

The Routes

We have designed three road courses, 28mi, 40mi, and 60mi, that will take you from the Floresville River City Park and travel along many of the most scenic roads in Wilson County, Texas!

Click on map to expand and see all three routes.
Click on the map to expand the downtown turns.

Rest Stops (Google Street View)

Rest Stop #1

Rest Stop _1

Rest Stop #2

Rest Stop _2

Rest Stop #3

Rest Stop #3

Rest Stop #4

Rest Stop #4

Ready to “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer?”

Early-Bird Registration (ends March 17, 2023)

28-mile ride: $40
40-mile ride: $40
60-mile ride: $40 (new!)

Full registration:

28-mile ride: $60
40-mile ride: $60
60-mile ride: $60 (new!)

How to Register a Team:
  • When a person wants to register, they must first click on one of the categories (28 miles, 40, 60)
  • When they click on that, they can “Create/Join a Team.”
  • The first person to register on a team registers as Captain and enters the Team Name  (this can be changed later)
  • Anyone that wants to join that team will Register as a Teammate and choose the team name from the drop-down menu.
How to Register Multiple Riders on a Single Payment:
  • When the first person registers, they fill out their information, then hit “Add Another” at the bottom of the form.
  • They need to be sure to click on the ride distance category (28/40/60) for each rider.
  • You can keep doing this with as many people as you like, and when you get to the payment page, they can put in one credit card.

Sponsorship & Fundraising

Sponsorship and fundraising opportunities coming soon!

Why We Ride

kid with cancer

  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children under the age of 15.
    (SOURCE: National  Vital Statistics Report)
  • There have been only three drugs approved in the first instance for use in children since 1980.   Fewer than eight total drugs, consisting of the three above and five others approved for use in adults, have been developed for use in children with cancer –compared with hundreds of drugs developed specifically for adults only. (SOURCE: cancer.gov)

Learn More: Childhood Cancer 101

2023 Gear Up Sponsorship Opportunites

Gear Up 2022 Sponsors

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Thank you to the following bike shops for helping to keep our riders “Geared Up!”






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Did You Know?

Photo of Greehey CCRI Building
GCCRI first opened its doors in Feb ’04.

  • With 100,000 sqft of space, Greehey CCRI is the largest free-standing childhood cancer research facility in Texas
  • 230+ collective years of faculty-level research experience
  • 120+ principal investigators and researchers
  • 47 PhDs
  • 18 Research labs

Safety Tips

While this is not an exhaustive list, following them can greatly increase your safety and help prevent injury to yourself and others.

Additional Safety Information

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Connect With Us

Contact US

Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute – UT Health San Antonio
8403 Floyd Curl, MC 7784
San Antonio, TX 78229-9880
(210) 562-9000

Gear Up Organizing Committee:

Brian Phillips
Greehey CCRI Marketing Specialist
phillipsb@uthscsa.edu or 210-450-8271

Gregory J. Aune, MD, PhD
Greehey CCRI Principal Investigator

Norman Mendez
Greehey CCRI Operations Manager

Victor Aguilar
Greehey CCRI Executive Assistant to the Director

David Rodriguez
Greehey CCRI IT Specialist

Special Acknowledgements

Everyone at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute would like to thank the UT Health San Antonio Marketing & Communications team and the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for their guidance and support during the inaugural “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer” bike ride.