Cross-country cyclists to stop in Meridian
special to The Star
July 14, 2002
Cyclists pedaling across America to raise money for people with disabilities will make a stop in Meridian on Wednesday.
A team of 35 men from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity chapters across the nation are biking from San Francisco to Washington a 4,000-mile trip as part of the 15th annual Journey of Hope.
Last year's Journey of Hope raised $311,000 and reached more than 48 million people in its campaign to spotlight the needs of the disabled. The cross-country event is sponsored by Push America.
The cyclists will arrive at Meridian Community College at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. They will be greeted by Mayor John Robert Smith, who will read a proclamation in their honor. Later that evening, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., the cyclists will present a puppet show at Bonita Lakes Mall. They will depart on Thursday morning.
This group is one of two teams cycling simultaneously on different routes, both from California to Washington. The average ride is 75 miles a day and each trip is 64 days long. The total campaign involves 24 states and the District of Columbia.
For more information, call James "Cap" Briggs at 481-1518.