Big Ride Across America Comes to Indiana

(July 16, 2012)


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In June 2012 a group of 19 cyclists left Seattle, Washington in the Big Ride Across America, continuing the outstanding tradition of cross-country bicycling events begun by the American Lung Association® in the mid-1980's.   In the course of their journey, they are raising funds and awareness for critical research, education and advocacy programs to help those with lung disease, the third leading cause of death. For these determined riders who will pedal 3,300 miles in 7 weeks, it is the sort of experience that will change them forever. Seeing the country at bicycle pace is an experience unlike any other. Doing it to raise funds for vital life-saving programs makes it even more special. Ask those who are doing it - they will tell you!

From July 22 -24, those riders will roll through Indiana, spending the night of the 22nd  camping in Valparaiso and the 23rd in Kendallville. 

Up to that point, the route will have taken them through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.  They will continue their journey to Washington DC via Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.  At the end, they will have traveled a combined 56,000 miles over 700,000 pedal rotations!

Riding into our nation's capitol after crossing the country by bicycle is a magic moment that all previous riders have cherished. It is both a victory and a celebration, unlike anything they will ever again experience.

Several riders have been recording their journey through personal blogs.  We invite you to share their struggles and triumphs as they ride.