Bike Ride Helps Those Less Fortunate Across Florida

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By: Emily Johnson
May 24, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Cheers rang out as the Gear Up Florida team finished the last leg of its 890 mile trek from Miami to the Old Capital building Saturday afternoon.

The 33 cyclists were greeted by family and friends as they arrived. The group represents members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity from all across the country. They were raising money and awareness for people with disabilities on the bike ride.

"Physical disabilities to mental disabilities. People with downs syndrome for example or people who have lost a limb," said Nick Travaglina, Pi Kappa Phi Representative.

They rode about 75 miles each day and stopped at 13 towns in Florida along the way. One of the riders, Justin Hall, said he's from central Florida and that this ride opened his eyes to other parts of the state.

"I saw areas that I had never seen before and got to meet with people, the most incredible people in the state," said Hall.

Each rider had to raise $2,500 to participate and for Hall there was also a personal connection to the trip. He said he dedicated the ride to his uncle Chris Hall who was recently injured in a cycling accident.

"My life's passion is general is to go out and help people and that's something that this gave me that opportunity right away," said Hall.

To date the team has impacted the lives of more than 1300 people with disabilities.

The Push America organization through the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was in charge of Gear Up Florida bike ride. They said this year's event raised $85,000 from the riders, grant funding and community events.

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