Student Bikes Across Country for a Cause
April 23, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – It is tradition for many graduating college seniors to go on vacations
with friends before entering the “real world.” Adam Bohr, Illinois Wesleyan University
senior and 2003 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School, found a way to combine
both a fun activity and a way to give back to the community while taking advantage
of one last summer vacation. The accounting major will bike approximately 3,700 miles
cross-country as part of the Bike & Build program before starting work in real estate
tax at Ernst and Young in September.
Bike & Build aims to raise funds for affordable housing projects while introducing
young adults to the cause and engaging them in a unique and interesting way. The
group has contributed more than $750,000 to housing groups to fund projects planned
and executed by young adults. In the process, its participants have collectively
biked thousands of miles and educated countless communities across the country about
the affordable housing crisis in America. Bike & Build’s grant program also supports
projects involving young people all throughout the nation, including many Habitat
for Humanity endeavors.
The nine-week bike trip will begin on May 17 in Virginia Beach and end on July 25
in Cannon Beach, Ore. Along with nearly 30 other bikers and three group leaders,
most in their 20s, Bohr will bike through Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho before ending his trip
in Oregon. The group will bike during the day, starting out with easier rides and
working up to 100-mile days through flat terrain, stopping at nine different sites
to help with building efforts. Local churches and community centers will provide
the group with dinner and a place to sleep throughout their journey.
“I’ve always wanted to do a program like this, but have held myself back,” Bohr said,
expressing excitement about his upcoming trip. “There’s something so great about
being outside, going on an adventure, and being able to help others in the process.”
Bohr began training last summer, alternating between 45-mile rides and 25-mile rides
every other day. He continued his training on a stationary bike during the winter,
and now rides outside to prepare for the journey ahead. “The biking program is a
good draw for people who are athletically competitive and also enjoy helping others,”
While participants are required to raise $4,000, Bohr exceeded this goal in just three
weeks after reaching out to family, friends and local businesses. His younger sister’s
school helped raise close to one thousand dollars by sponsoring a “Jeans Day” for
which students could opt to pay $2 and wear jeans instead of their school uniforms.
Though the trip is only for the summer, Bohr expressed further involvement with similar
efforts. “I would love to be able to do a trip like this again as a group leader,”
For those interested in contributing to the Bike & Build program, please send donations
to: Bike & Build, 190 N. 10th St., Suite 308, Brooklyn, NY 11211, or call (718) 599-5925.
For additional information, visit www.bikeandbuild.org.
Contact: Amanda ReCupido, (309) 556-3181