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Published July 05, 2013, 09:30 PM

Bikers pedaling for a purpose stop in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Imagine crossing the country, by bicycle.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Imagine crossing the country, by bicycle.

Dozens of college students from the University of Texas in Austin are making a four thousand mile trek to fight cancer. And right now, they're staying here in Fargo.

This is actually the team's half-way point in between Austin, Texas and their goal of reaching Anchorage, Alaska. Texas four-thousand, that's the name they go by, they've peddled over 18 hundred miles and have a little bit more than that left to cover. And it's all for a purpose, to battle cancer.

Cooper: "I don't have a cyclometer because it discourages me to look at it. It's like watching the seconds on a clock tick by."

Texas four-thousand might be a long way from home.

Cooper: "really, really sore."

But, they are closer to helping find a cure. And it's definitely hasn't been easy.

Cooper: "yeah I hurt a lot, everyday."

Collyn Cooper is will be a senior this fall, at the U of Texas in Austin.

Something she's been excited about almost as much as this trip.

Cooper: "We've been doing community service and volunteer hours. All sorts of things to prepare."

Her and 23 other students, packed up and pedaled clear across the United States. On just one of three routes, Texas four-thousand rides.

Cooper: "We could have never imagined the generosity from complete strangers."

All together over sixty college-aged kids peddling for a purpose, already pulling in over a half-million dollars.

Natalie Careno/biker: "Realizing that so many people have to battle with this disease, it just makes you peddle even harder."

Many riders, like Natalie, know the struggle. You might call them cancer veterans.

Careno: "My ant battled bladder cancer and survived. So, without her I don't know where I'd be. And so I do it for her and also my uncle, her husband, who's battling prostate cancer."

And what might surprise you is that - this is they're first time. Novus -cyclists,

Carreno: "So definitely sore, every once in a while. Ya know after a couple hundred mile days."

Putting on an average of 80 miles each day.

The team is gearing up for their next adventure. In the next few days they'll be traveling through Canada. They expect to make it to Alaska by August 9th.