Our Mission

The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, as well as spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides.

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The 2015 Portraits Project Spring Gallery Opens Friday, February 12th 02.02.16

The Portraits Project and the Illini 4000 are pleased to announce their Spring gallery event, taking place at [co][lab] in downtown Urbana! A collection of documentary style portraits from those who have experienced cancer will be on display in addition to community artwork.

The gallery will open with a reception on Friday, February 12th at 5 pm. Several speakers will share their experiences with the Portraits Project starting at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The Illini 4000 hopes you will stop by to see and listen to their inspiring stories!

2016 Bike America Team Application Extended 09.20.15

Hello All, The 2016 Bike America Team Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 23rd! Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. And, as always, feel free to get in touch with Read more…

It’s a Brand New Ride Year 08.30.15

Hello all. The 2015 Illini 4000 ride went spectacularly with a fundraising total of $112,269! But, it’s now time to look ahead to the next Bike America Team and the adventures they will have. If Read more…

Day 72: Fin 08.07.15

What a summer with Illini 4000! It was an amazing experience that we are so glad happened. I wanted to just write a quick note to let folks know that we made it over 4600 Read more…

San Francisco Arrival Information! 08.01.15

Tomorrow (Sunday) we will be arriving in San Francisco! The details for arriving are detailed below. If you are in the area, we hope to see you there! Time: 1 PM Location: West Bluff Picnic Read more…

Day 71: Last Full Riding Day 08.01.15

Start/End: Kelseyville/Petaluma, CA Mileage: 70.8+ Weather: Beautiful. Highs in the mid 70s, sunny. Ok. So I have to admit that I spoke too soon when I titled yesterday’s blog, because today we had over 5,000 Read more…