Day 16: Scholarship riders celebrate a birthday
By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America, a 3,050-mile coast-to-coast effort to raise money for scholarship, enters Day 16 with one of Team Bucknell's members marking his 60th birthday.
On Sunday, in preparation for the birthday milestone, Frank Arentowicz, Class of 1969, put his foot to the pedal to crank out the longest single day distance of the trip so far -- 120 miles, two miles for each of year of his life.
"Today (Sunday) I biked for nearly eight hours and covered 120 miles. It was a new personal best for me in terms of length of ride in one day. We covered 3,540 feet of elevation during the day. This is a warm-up for the 7,050 climbing feet tomorrow (Monday) on our way to Grafton, W.Va. The 120 miles is double my 60 years of age that will come in about five minutes," Arentowicz wrote in his personal blog just before midnight.
Beats $1 million goal
Team Bucknell has more than met its goal of raising $1 million for scholarships for outstanding students from low-income backgrounds. As of Monday morning, the total raised was $1,014,304.
All told Sunday, Team Bucknell covered 178 miles from London, Ohio, to Parkersburg, W.Va., the 10th of the 14 states that they'll cover since leaving Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 9, on their way to Atlantic City, N.J., by Thursday, Sept. 27.
Today, if Team Bucknell maintains its precision-like schedule, they'll bunk down in Grafton, W.Va., having completed 2,626 miles of the cycling adventure. And some of it has been especially tough as evidenced by the wear and tear on the bicycles. So far, the group has replaced 15 road tires and 24 inner tubes.
Bikes in the Atlantic
"It won't be long before we put our feet and bikes in the Atlantic," penned Walt McConnell, Class of 1953, in his personal blog. McConnell, who will turn 76 in October, knocked off 76 miles Sunday.
Rounding out Team Bucknell are Pat O'Malley '07, Kyle Rosendale '07, and Jay Kosa '07.
"Frank and Walt referred to us as 'like sons' to them today. Meant a whole lot to the three of us and just goes to show how powerful Bucknell ties can be, especially given the fact that we’ve known these guys (in person) for just two weeks," wrote O'Malley in his latest blog entry.
Sept. 29 celebration
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Bucknell cyclists will enter Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium to present the game ball prior to the start of the 6 p.m. Bucknell-Marist football game.
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