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By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America, which has raised more than $1 million for scholarships, is in Day 13 of its 19-day coast-to-coast trek.
By tonight, Bucknell's five-man team, consisting of three generations of alumni, will have completed 2,223 miles of their 3,050-mile journey. In what was expected to be another 90-degree day, they plan to end today's 176-mile leg of the 14-state trip in Indianapolis.
As of Wednesday, the ride had raised $1,013,281 to fund scholarships for outstanding students from low-income backgrounds.
How to celebrate?
Having reached their $1 million goal earlier this week, Team Bucknell -- Walter McConnell '53, Frank Arentowicz '69, Pat O'Malley '07, Kyle Rosendale '07, and Jay Kosa '07-- pondered Thursday how to celebrate.
"Walt, Pat, and I kept talking about the significance of what the Bucknell donors had done in the prior 10 days," Arentowicz wrote in his daily blog. "At one point, the three of us thought it would be a great gift to the donors for us to each attempt to bike 100 miles today.
"What we did not factor into our thought process was the 93-degree temperatures this afternoon (Thursday) and the very high humidity.
Hot and humid
"The three of us paid a serious physical price in accomplishing our distance goal. The pains in my feet, arms, shoulders and back the last 10 miles were excruciating. How Doc (McConnell) did the 100 miles at nearly 76 years old in this hot and humid weather is beyond my comprehension."
Arentowicz also expressed appreciation for the support shown by the Bucknell community.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have given us and Bucknell a great gift in donating over $1 million to Bucknell scholarship. We have attempted to honor this commitment in our own special way," he wrote.
West Virginia hills
Team Bucknell is hardly done. They have more than 800 miles to go before the cross-country ride concludes in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 27. In West Virginia, they'll face some of the toughest hill climbing of the entire trip.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the five riders will present the game ball just prior to the start of the Bucknell-Marist game in Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m.
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Posted Sept. 21, 2007