Alumni cyclists finish 3,050-mile trek for scholarship
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Three generations of Bucknell alumni arrived before sunset Thursday in Atlantic City, N.J., having cycled coast to coast in 19 days and 3,050 miles from where they started in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 9.
And the Bucknell contingent from the Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America could proudly declare mission accomplished, having met their goal of raising $1 million for scholarships for outstanding students from low-income backgrounds. It is said to be first effort of its kind to raise money for scholarship.
Team Bucknell -- Walter McConnell '53, Frank Arentowicz '69, Pat O'Malley '07, Kyle Rosendale '07, and Jay Kosa '07 -- exceeded the goal. By midnight Thursday, the final tally was $1,016,409.
Special honors Sept. 29
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the five intrepid cyclists will be celebrated at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. In a special pregame ceremony, the cyclists will be applauded at midfield where they will present the game ball before the 6 p.m. Bucknell-Marist game.
"The Alumni Bike Race completed its journey across the U.S.A. safely!" the team members reported on the Home Page of the Bucknell-Penn Web site. "Look for our final update soon. We will have a special article to share with you shortly."
All told, the cyclists traversed 14 states in their travels, which started with several 100-degree temperatures, and climbed more than 100,000 in elevation. Eighteen of the 19-day adventure was bone dry. It wasn't until they reached the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania on Wednesday that they experienced the first wet day of riding.
Contact: Office of Communications
Posted Sept. 28, 2007
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