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2nd Lobo Cancer Challenge scheduled for Sept. 8

Organizers of the second annual Lobo Cancer Challenge have opened registration. The event is scheduled for Sept. 8 beginning at Dreamstyle Stadium. In addition to the 100-, 50- and 25-mile bike rides, the organizing team is adding a 5K run/walk this year. Proceeds benefit the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Lobo Cancer Challenge supports areas that revenue, grants, and other funding do not cover. Programs that benefit from the event’s proceeds, she said, include those that help cancer scientists to conduct research pilot projects and those that help patients travel to and from their treatment.

Organizers added a 5K run/walk to include those who don’t ride but who still want to take part. The event will once again offer fully-supported bike rides of 25 miles along the bosque and 50 and 100 miles through the East Mountains.

Last year’s event raised more than $164,000 from sponsors and riders, and included 168 riders and 173 volunteers. Sponsors support ride expenses, allowing every dollar that the riders, runners and walkers raise to support the UNM Cancer Center. Participants are required to meet a fundraising minimum and can direct their fundraising to support one of 17 cancer areas.