Category Archives: Uncategorized

Trail to a Cure Ride/Walk/Run–Inquiring minds want to know…

It’s time to register for the annual Trail to a Cure Ride/Walk/Run! The details are largely explained here. But we get questions. Here are some answers! The TTAC_Event_Participant_Packet has 99% of what you need to know to participate. What time does the big Ride/Walk/Run event start? 2011 TTAC Bikers That depends upon the event selected.  Trailside set up at the Rocheport trailhead starts around 8 am. After 2 pm, everything moves up the trail a tiny bit to the Rocheport City Park where there is live music, food, beverages, raffles, and other exciting things. This is a great time for the family/friends of participants who don’t ride/walk/run to join them for a great celebration!

  • Ride-50 miles from Rocheport to Hartsburg round-trip; start at 9:00, finish at ~2:00.
  • Run-1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) from Rocheport to Huntsdale round-trip; start at 10:30, finish at ~2:00.
  • Ride-32 miles from Rocheport to Cooper’s Landing (near Easley) round-trip; start at 10:30, finish at ~2:00.
  • Walk-10K from Rocheport to Maggie/Angie’s Stop, round trip; start at 11:30, finish at ~2:00.
  • Ride-18 miles from Rocheport to McBaine round-trip; start at 12:00, finish at ~2:00.
  • Run-10K from Rocheport to Maggie/Angie’s Stop, round trip; start at 12:30 finish at ~2:00.
  • Walk-5K from Rocheport to I-70, round trip; start at 12:45, finish at ~2:00.
  • Run-5K from Rocheport to I-70, round trip; start at 1:00, finish at ~2:00.

Runner How does this event work? New to our event? Perhaps the Route_Map will help you to orient yourself. The ride/walk/run is a unique event. All event types/distances take place simultaneously on the trail (a former railway that runs alongside the Missouri river). The course is relatively flat, and is primarily made up of gravel. It’s a rain or shine event, and the event is a round-trip (there and back again?) format starting and ending at the Rocheport Trailhead of the Katy Trail. Rocheport Running events are timed. Results are posted via Webscorer Pro.

A 2014 TTAC running event participant sent us this message:

“I ran the half last year and was one of my favorite out of the 10 half marathons I ran. I love the jog along the Missouri and the calm journey down the Katy. This will be my first half for 2015 and my first since shoulder surgery last December. See you guys in May. If anyone is questioning themselves on if they should do this run. I HIGHLY recommend this race. You cannot beat the price and the support as well the after party is great.”

Register for the Ride/Walk/Run on the first Saturday in May. Discounted, advance registration ends the day prior to the event at 5 pm. Save money and register now! Walkers Can’t raise $100 from friends and family? You are more than welcome to make a tax-deductible donation to cover the difference or whatever you can afford in addition to the registration fee that helps cover costs. Our primary purpose as an organization is to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research and services–anything you can do to help us meet our mission is greatly appreciated! See you on the trail!

Memory * Honor * Hope

Special Dining Out Fundraiser Scheduled for May 13th

Please print out the flyer today and put it in your car or on your fridge or save it in your calendar on your phone.

You can help Trail to a Cure by dining at the Wendy’s location on Bernadette in Columbia on May 13th!

5 13 15 Columbia flyerrThanks for joining us on the trail to a cure!


FIGHT AIDS! Dash for Cash: TTAC’s Online 2-Week Fundraiser

We care about making a difference in the HIV/AIDS crisis–yes, it is still a crisis. We need a cure. We need better treatments, and we need more progress.

Trail to a Cure (TTAC) has been raising funds to fight HIV/AIDS since 2007. Our main event is the ride/walk/run that we hold every year on the first Saturday in May. We have always passed along both the fundraising money that event participants bring in and their registration fees (plus a tad more) to our beneficiaries: nonprofits who are working to FIGHT AIDS!

How do we do that? We fundraise all year long. Just like this:

CHALLENGE! We have been challenged by our loyal sponsors at AccurateRX to match their sponsorship of $500.

We have 2 weeks to do itWe know you care about HIV/AIDS as much as we do. And we know that you enjoy a consistently good ride/walk/run every year in Rocheport.

Can you contribute $50? Or, any amount will help! We would love to show our sponsors that we can leverage their support to do even more than we would otherwise.

So we are confident that you want to be a part of achieving this goal with us. Am I right? DO IT!

It’s easy. Before February 1st, make an online contribution to TTAC, and your support will count in our challenge.

Do it in MEMORY of someone lost to HIV/AIDS.
Do it in HONOR of someone living with HIV/AIDS.
Do it in HOPE of a cure–right now.

Your contribution helps provide services such as food vouchers to those living with HIV/AIDS in central Missouri.

Your contribution helps put more undergraduate and graduate students in labs of the HIV/AIDS researchers at MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center — casting the net wider for better treatments or even a cure.

Your contribution helps amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research fund promising research that might not otherwise get done.

Thank you for your support. Your donation is tax deductible.


And thank you to AccurateRX for your support of Trail to a Cure and for issuing this challenge to our supporters!

Why do we do Trail to a Cure? Check out this tool to understand.

Aids View Logo

“AIDSVu is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. The national, state and local map views on AIDSVu allow users to visually explore the HIV epidemic alongside critical resources such as HIV testing center locations, HIV treatment center locations, and NIH-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites. The map also lets users filter HIV prevalence data by race/ethnicity, sex and age, and see how HIV prevalence is related to various social determinants of health, such as educational attainment and poverty.”

See Missouri stats.

Note: Trail to a Cure does not have any formal relationship with the people at AIDSVu. We are sharing this as a resource.

Trail to a Cure 2014 Results and More!

Fundraising Results for Trail to a Cure 2014


Thanks to our participants and sponsors and volunteers, Trail to a Cure raised $10,000 in the 2014 fiscal year.  This brings the 7-year, cumulative total raised since TTAC’s founding to $84,000! The funds raised in 2013-2014 will be passed along to our beneficiary organizations for the year: MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center’s HIV/AIDS researchers and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Donated results each year thus far have also included all registration fees paid by event participants, thanks to the generosity of event sponsors and participants in the smaller fundraisers we hold throughout the year.

Speaking of fundraising… Our Top Fundraiser* was Hardy Pottinger!


Hardy has been a Trial to a Cure event participant since 2009. This year, he ran his third 10K (2nd for TTAC) and came in first in the male division**.

*who was not a board member

**he was also the only entrant in the category, but it still rocks.

Event Photos are Available

Luci Branyan shared a veritable cornucopia of photos in addition to those posted on our Facebook page.

5% Day  at Lucky’s Market Results

Speaking of smaller fundraisers, we are pleased to announce the result’s of May’s “5% Day” at Lucky’s Market. That event raised $2,500 to fight HIV/AIDS! Thanks, Lucky’s!

2015 Ride/Walk/Run Event Registration is Open

We are pleased to also announce the details for the 2015 Ride/Walk/Run event. The event will take place on the beautiful Katy Trail in Rocheport on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The event will included a timed 5K, 10K and half-marathon run, a 5K and 10K walk, and an 18, 30, and 50 mile bike ride. Events begin at different times so that the majority of participants will finish in time for the post-event celebration at 2 pm. The post-event party includes live music, massages, a photo booth, free food for event participants, food available for purchase, a cash bar, bike raffle drawing, and silent raffle with a variety of prizes.

Check out the route map with details about what participants will see along the trail. And don’t forget the event participant packet. Be sure to review both documents.

Register on the Firstgiving site and set up your fundraising page now. Advance registration is always discounted.

2014 event participants get an additional discount that will be require a code that has been emailed to the registration email provided.

2014 Running Event Results

Thanks to the runners who signed up for the 5K, 10K, and 1/2 marathon in 2014. The following are the results of the timed events. The results were posted on the Webscorer page.


Busy times at Trail to a Cure!

We’ve been pretty busy at Trail to a Cure. The ride/walk/run was a success, though fundraising is still open until this weekend–June 1 to be exact. (So if you’re an event participant, why not send one more appeal to Great Aunt Tilly in Cootersville? She can make a donation to your fundraising page on her credit card. Easy peasy! (We’re hoping to make a record-setting donation to our beneficiaries this year). The three participants below are actually the three HIV/AIDS researchers from Bond Life Sciences Center. It was great to have them all participating this year!


About that. Watch our Facebook and Twitter for the announcement of our 2014 fundraising total and the results of our 5% Day at Lucky’s Market. It was a VERY good day for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

La_Siesta_LogoJune 4 (this coming Wednesday) is our next F2FA!  We’ve just scheduled our next Feast 2 FIGHT AIDS dining out fundraiser. We thought it would be a nice opportunity to try out La Siesta’s new (or old) location. The “old” on is downtown, and the newer one is up north on Rangeline.

Grab a friend and enjoy some great Mexican cuisine and frosty beverages while basking in the knowledge that you’re doing it for the cause (namely, to fight HIV/AIDS by supporting Trail to a Cure). What could be better?

It’s all possible because our partner restaurant, La Siesta, has agreed to donate 15% of your tab to Trail to a Cure, provided you hand their friendly staff members your Feast_2_Fight_AIDS_Flyer when you pay.

Oh, and speaking of our partners/sponsors: please take a look at the support page for an updated list of all the fine folks who make TTAC’s work possible. Patronize them and thank them, please!

Just announced! Feast 2 FIGHT AIDS at Jazz every Wed. in April!

Get thee to Jazz on any of the FIVE Wednesdays in April and have some amazing Louisiana-style grub and a brewsky (or Shirley Temple). Bring a whole mess o’ friends with you, too. Why not? Right?

Enjoy the great taste of one of our favorites (ANYTHING) a la mer! It’s good stuff–along with the wide variety of other good eats on the menu.

And enjoy the fulfilling feeling that you’re doing a great thing by supporting Trail to a Cure’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

Just be sure to bring a FLYER with you and give it to your server/bartender.

And while you’re printing that flyer, print extras–remember, this is your excuse to dine out for a great cause on April 2nd. And 9th. And 16th. And 23rd. And 30th!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay current on TTAC happenings–we’re in our super active mode from now through May.

And boy are we looking forward to getting out on the trail!