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By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America is just one day from completion of the 3,050-mile, coast-to-coast cycling adventure raising money for scholarships.
Come Thursday evening, Team Bucknell's three generations of alumni should be dipping in the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City, N.J., to mark the end of the 19-day ride that started in the wee hours of Sept. 9 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Team Bucknell -- Walter McConnell '53, Frank Arentowicz '69, Pat O'Malley '07, Kyle Rosendale '07, and Jay Kosa ' 07 -- will rest their road weary bodies Thursday night. Then on Saturday, Sept. 29, they will head into Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium to celebrate having raised more than $1 million for scholarships and to present the game ball prior to the start of the 6 p.m. Bucknell-Marist game.
The most recent count of the amount raised for scholarship is $1,015,804.
Tuesday's 135-mile leg of the trip took the intrepid cyclists from Grafton, W.Va., to Hancock, Md. With nearly 12,000 feet of climbing elevation, it was easily one of the toughest days of the cross-country trek.
"While the day’s mountain ascents were fortunately more manageable than expected, the senior riders still felt the effects of the exertion, getting to bed early in order to traverse Maryland’s rolling hills and to cross into Pennsylvania, the beloved home of Penn and Bucknell," the Bucknell-Penn Web site reported.
A day earlier (Monday), Arentowicz marked a major birthday milestone. "My 60th birthday was not special because of the number of the birthday, it was special because of the people with whom I had to share it," Arentowicz wrote in his daily online blog. Friends and family joined Arentowicz in West Virginia for the occasion.
This morning (Wednesday), the cyclists left Hancock, Md., and are making tracks for Georgetown, Pa. By this evening, they will have completed 2,918 miles and traversed 12 of the 14 states mapped out for the trip.
All that remain to be tackled Thursday are a sliver of Delaware and New Jersey and roughly 132 miles of flat cycling country to conclude what is said to be first such effort by alumni to raise money for scholarships.
(Earlier updates: Sept. 24, Sept. 21, Sept. 19, Sept. 17, Sept. 12, Sept. 11, Sept. 7, and Aug. 20.)
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Posted Sept. 26, 2007