KU took to the roads of Maine last week, cycling 180 miles over three-days and raising more than $17,000 for a great cause and organization, the American Lung Association of New England.
Led by Maine KU President Christopher Quinn and joined by KU Dean of Students Betty Vandenbosch, 25 Team KU cyclists began their trek deep in the mountains in western Maine. Starting from the town of Bethel, the ride concluded in the coastal town of Belfast.
KU, which was the only College or University team among 2,000-plus riders, surpassed its goal of raising $10,000 for the American Lung Association. The team has now raised more than $60,000 for the charity in the four years of participating in the event.
“The best moment was coming over the crest of a pretty tough hill and seeing the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory after 175 miles,” Betty said. “While I had some experience distance bike riding, I admittedly was a little nervous. The mountains were easier to peddle than riding against the wind on A1A in Fort Lauderdale and I'm happy to report it's safe for everyone and more fun than I ever imagined.”
“This was an ideal event - three days of great team camaraderie and exercise all for a great cause, helping the American Lung Association in their efforts for clean air and healthy lungs. It was also great exposure for Kaplan University,” said Christopher. “We had a number of team members who had never done anything like this in their lives -- a terrific accomplishment -- and we’re very proud to help our employees achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Christopher is already looking ahead to next year, with a goal of doubling the number of team riders to 50 for what will be year five.
“This is a very accessible event and I encourage all of our Kaplan colleagues from around the country to consider joining us next year.“
Sign up now by clicking http://tinyurl.com/KUTrek2013 -- there is plenty of time to get ready for next June.
Click here to view the team’s page and accomplishments.