By Dave Iltis
June 1, 2016 – The Huntsman 140 takes place on June 18, 2016 and is one of the premier road tours in Utah. The ride raises funds for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
We asked organizer Jen Murano-Tucker a few questions about the event.
Cycling West: Tell us about how the ride started – it has a great history!
H140: The Huntsman 140 ride had its beginnings in 2001, when Stage IV head and neck cancer survivor, Jeff Warren set off on an annual journey via his Litespeed Siena from his hometown of Reno, Nevada to the University of Utah campus, surrounded by family members and supporters.
The Huntsman 140 became an official ride in 2010 and now, Warren is joined on this journey by over 900 cyclists, of all distances, many of whom are cancer survivors like himself. Since 2010, the ride has raised over $1.3 million and 2016 fundraising is already on track to raise over $500,000 for Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), the fundraising arm of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).
Cycling West: Tell us about the course. What are the ride length options, and start location options?
H140: We have the 30, 55, 75, and 140 mile distances for riders of all levels. The 140 out-and-back, 75, 55 & 30 mile all starts and ends on the University of Utah campus at 200 Fort Douglas Blvd, SLC. And our 140 Delta ride starts on Main Street in Delta, UT and finishes with all the other riders at Fort Douglas.
Many of our riders aspire to ride the 140 Delta option because it’s not only on quiet back roads, but has 98 miles with only two stop signs and no traffic lights.
Cycling West: The ride benefits the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Can you tell us more about how the funds raised are used?
H140: All funds raised and registration fees through the Huntsman 140 go to Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) to support cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Each rider is encouraged to fundraise $500.
Research is expensive and it takes a lot of dollars to fund an innovative idea. Most individuals can’t fund a research project, but through the Huntsman 140, everyone’s collective dollars can change the future, affect lives for good and save loved ones in the future.
CW: Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
H140: There is still time to join the ride! Online registration closes on Tuesday, June 14th at www.huntsman140.com
Event Details: June 18 — Huntsman 140, Delta, UT, A road cycling, non-competitive ride with 30, 55, 75, and 140 mile distances that raises funds for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute., Jen Murano-Tucker, 801-584-5815, [email protected], huntsman140.com