May 28, 2014
The rigorous training is complete. The time to pedal across America has come. Now the public is invited to take part in the Bike2Believe send-off party Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., from the north Casey Center parking lot on the University of Mary campus.
|The Bike2Believe Team of Joe Berger (right) Devin Coyle (middle) and Brock Schauer (left) get in some stationary bike training while being filmed by The Creative Treatment (far left) video production company. |
University of Mary student athlete Joe Berger, double majoring in business administration and marketing at Mary's Gary Tharaldson School of Business, along with Brock Schauer and Devin Coyle, all Mandan natives, will begin their 2,500-mile trek starting from the University of Mary and ending in St. Petersburg, Fla. So far, the three have raised over $130,000, which also includes in-kind donations, for cancer research and treatment.
Come and meet the Bike2Believe riders and help give them a send-off they'll never forget. The send-off party includes free Cloverdale hot dogs and chips, music and live broadcasts from Clear Channel's Y-93. Dakota Community Bank and Trust, Farmers Union Insurance and the Bismarck Cancer Center are sponsoring games for the kids. Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek will speak and Monsignor Chad Gion will provide the blessing. Bike2Believe T-shirts will be sold with proceeds going to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.
At 1 p.m. the public is encouraged to accompany the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, Ms. Vivian the pink fire truck and the Freedom Riders as they escort the trio down the Highway 1804 hill towards Interstate 94.
The route will take them through Jamestown, Fargo, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn.; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta, before reaching St. Petersburg.
A truck provided by Kupper Chevrolet and a camper donated by Riverwood RV will follow Berger, Coyle and Schauer along their journey. By riding 60 to 70 miles a day, they estimate they can reach their destination in 45 to 50 days. Along the road, they plan to blog and take video and photos of their progress. They will also stop at a dozen hospitals along the route to visit with people with cancer and hear their stories.