What is the Hill Country Ride for AIDS?

The Hill Country Ride for AIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the largest fundraiser in central Texas for HIV/AIDS services. A family-friendly and festive bike ride through the beautiful hill country, the Ride raises funds that are given directly to ten local nonprofits who help those in our community affected by HIV/AIDS. In the past 18 years the Ride has raised over $8.5 million. The Ride was voted “Best Ride” in Austin for two consecutive years and is a beloved community event with an amazingly loyal, supportive community following.

The HCRA is a ride not a race, and all levels are welcomed and celebrated. Participants choose the distance that best suits them: 13, 26, 46, 65, or 90+ miles. All routes are fully supported with exciting, helpful volunteers in a fun, party-like atmosphere. JoyRides, fundraisers and socials throughout the ride season connect participants to the cause and one another. Riders participate individually or start a team with friends, officemates, family members, classmates, or congregations.

For 18 years, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS has developed a community of kindness that fully supports its participants, volunteers, supporters, and the beneficiaries it serves. $565,000 was raised in 2017, and with the continued help of our valued partners, we hope to raise even more for those in need in 2018.

Who are the beneficiaries that receive funding from the HCRA?

Our beneficiaries include AIDS Services of Austin, allgo, CARE Program, Community Action, Friends of the David Powell Health Center, OutYouth, Project Transitions, Waterloo Counseling Center, and the Wright House Wellness Center.

Who runs the HCRA?

The HCRA is overseen by a dedicated and very active board of directors, two staff members, and the greatest volunteer production team ever.

How can I become a supporter of the HCRA?

Other than being a treasured donor to a participant, you can also join the elite UnderRiders or Corporate Sponsors.

How many people participate?

We typically average about 600 riders and more than 200 volunteers.

How long is the Ride?

We have five riding distances for you to choose from: 13, 26, 45, 65, or 90+ miles. This is a ride, not a race – so there is a distance for everyone!

What has the Ride accomplished so far and why is it important?

In addition to making it possible for people to see their children’s graduations, birthdays, and keeping families intact, there are practical reasons caring makes sense:

  • When we get people into care and treatment, they are 95% less likely to pass along the virus.
  • For every dollar we spend on keeping people in care, we save over $20 in expensive emergency room care.
  • Thousands of people receive daily life-saving care and medications with the funds raised through the Ride. Because of the Ride, our beneficiary agencies have so far been able to provide ALL of this:
    • 3,000 days of hospice care
    • Over 20 years (240 months) of housing for families
    • A year of medication for over 2,000 people
    • 1 month of nutritious food for 3,083 people
    • 9,000 counseling sessions
    • Reached over 100,000 people with prevention education
    • 600 hours of substance abuse treatment
    • 30,000 insurance co-pays, keeping thousands of people with health insurance, and
    • 7,000 Rapid Oral HIV tests.

Success Fact Sources

  • Hospice: $250/day – Project Transitions ($750K)
  • Family Housing: $500/month – Project Transitions ($120K)
  • Medication: $60/month/person – Community Action ($1.44M)
  • Food: $60/month/person – AIDS Services of Austin ($185K)
  • Counseling: $500/person/6 weeks – Waterloo Counseling Center ($750K)
  • Prevention Education: $500/1,000 ppl – AIDS Services of Austin ($50K)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment: $250/3-hour session – CARE Program ($50K)
  • Insurance Co-Pay: $35/copay – David Powell Clinic ($1.05M)
  • Rapid HIV Test: $120/8 tests –Wright House Wellness Center ($105K)

The When and the Where

What and when is Kick Off?

Our annual Kick Off Party officially begins the Ride season and takes place Thursday, January 25th at 7:00pm. It is an opportunity for the Ride community to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year along with an infusion of excitement and vigor for the new Ride season set to begin! Bring your pom-poms!

What and when is the Cocoa Social?

The first official JoyRide of the new Ride season, the Cocoa Social is a laid-back, supported but casual ride on Saturday, February 3rd at 9:00 am and consists of a light and joyful bike ride and hot cocoa with the ride family! We provide the marshmallows!

When is the Ride?

April 28th, 2018.

Where do the events take place?

Friday Night Opening Ceremonies is on the Friday night before the Ride and takes place at the First United Method Church’s Family Life Center. The Ride is at Krause Springs.

Where is Krause Springs?

The Hill Country Ride starts and finishes at beautiful Krause Springs, just west of Central Austin, close to the town of Spicewood, TX.

What are the directions to Krause Springs?

Let’s keep it green. All participants and visitors are encouraged to carpool.

Where can I go online for more information?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hillcountryrideforaids
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hillcountryride
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TxHillCountryRide
Website: http://www.hillcountryride.org