Pedal Power


This past weekend marked the 14th Hill Country Ride for AIDS, which brought 400 riders out to raise a total of $389,654 (as of April 29).

By now it’s probably safe to say most Austinites have heard of the ride, which takes place every spring in the rolling hills northwest of Austin. But it’s still worth talking about – the ride benefits 10 AIDS services organizations around Austin, all of which bring vital services and outreach to the Austin area. In its 14 years, the ride has raised more than $5.8 million.

And that money goes far. Thirty-five dollars covers one rapid HIV test – particularly significant since approximately 40 percent of people who are HIV positive don’t know it yet; or a food voucher for emergency needs; or medical co-payment for one patient. Money raised from the ride also goes toward supportive housing, hospice meals and life skills training.

Considering joining next year? The ride also includes a run, and both runners and riders can choose from routes that range in distance.




A native New Englander, Kate moved to Austin in 2002 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where she got her master’s degree in journalism. She spent several years as a reporter with the Austin Business Journal, where she covered health care, development and real estate. Kate now runs Thumbtack Communications, where she provides ghostwriting, copywriting, social media strategy and PR in addition to writing bylined articles. She lives in Central Austin with her husband, son, and two cranky cats. When she’s not writing, she’s playing guitar, gardening or hiking.