Bloomington and the Stone Belt Arc welcomed 70 riders from the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity as they ride across the country for the Journey of Hope.
The Journey of Hope is 4,000-mile cycling event as part of Push America that begins in San Francisco or Seattle and finishes cross-country in Washington DC to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.
Cyclists ride around eighty miles each day over the course of nine weeks stopping each day to spend time with new friends. Everyday is different and cyclist James Loy says it is one of the few events that benefit your mind, body, and spirit.
“Your body because you’re cycling around eighty miles a day, so its really helping you physically, its benefiting your mind because you’re seeing the whole country, and also, spiritually because you’re serving others,” said Loy.
Stone Belt Arc, a non-profit agency that provides resources and supports individuals with disabilities, welcomed the cyclists for lunch and activities. The Journey of Hope gave Stone Belt a seven hundred and fifty dollar grant to assist with equipment costs as they have done with other numerous organizations across the country.
Cyclist Jared Royer says that he participated in the summer event to give back to his community and to give to those who haven’t been as fortunate.
“We raise awareness by like of course everyone sees us cycling, we have a lot of people asking us what are you guys doing this summer. And then we raise money through family friends, just various people who want to help out our cause,” said Royer.
This year, the cyclist have raised over five hundred thousand dollar throughout their fund-raising and bicycle trek. Over the years, Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised more than $13 million to date for behalf of people with disabilities.