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Hill Country Ride for AIDS kickoff party Thursday

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 22, 2014

This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, which raises money for non-profits that work with people in Central Texas living with HIV or AIDS.

A kickoff party for the ride is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. The ride itself is April 26.

If you’re thinking about doing the ride - which includes 13, 27, 53, 70 and 100-mile options - drop by, enjoy appetizers and drinks and find out more about how you can participate as a rider, volunteer or funder.

Registration for the ride is only $15 from now until the kickoff. After that, it increases to $45. Riders also must commit to raising $500 for the charity.

This year’s ride starts and ends at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. It draws both serious and recreational athletes, according to ride director Prentiss Douthit.

Beneficiaries are AIDS Services of Austin, ALLGO, C.A.R.E. Program, The Care Communities, Community Action, Inc., Friends of David Powell Health Center, Out Youth Austin, Project Transitions, Waterloo Counseling Center, and the Wright House Wellness Center.

To register or donate, go to