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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louisans are managing the weather to enjoy their summer; some took in the sites and sounds of a free movie at Ballpark Village. At the same time a group of students from the University of Texas Austin stopped through on a 4,500 mile 70 day mission to raise awareness about cancer by biking from Texas to anchorage Alaska. The group known as the Texas 4000 includes nearly 80 students divided into 3 teams covering different parts of the country. The 29 member Ozark group left Texas on May 30th and hit the breaks in St. Louis on of the hottest days of the year. Cyclists Tess Ortega and Christina Pai say they take the weather all in stride. They rode through tropical storm bill on their route.

'We just take it as it comes. We`ve trained in all kinds of weather back home heat rain cold.' said Ortega

'It`s nice to regroup and reflect on what we`re doing and what we’ve accomplished so far and its truly an opportunity of a lifetime.' said Pai

Local businesses like Sense Corp also showed their support and cooked up a good meal for the cyclists. The group is also planning to visit various children's hospitals and visit with cancer patients before they leave town.


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