Cyclists stop in Gainesville while crossing Florida to raise awareness about disabilities
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) —
The Arc of Alachua County hosted cyclists today who are traveling a long distance for a good cause. These bicyclists are from colleges throughout America and are cycling just under 900 miles from Miami to Tallahassee, raising money and awareness about developmental disabilities.
"I'm blessed to be able to do it I'm thankful to be able to do it...experiences like today are what gets us throughout the long days," Cyclist Ryan Lugabihl said.
"Gear Up Florida" cyclists are stopping at cities across the state. Today they stopped by the Arc of Alachua County. They plan to be at the capitol by Saturday.
"It's been so surreal," Cyclist Chris Pitts said. "We are here to impact their lives but at the end of they've impacted our lives just as more," he said.
The cyclists were treated like celebrities after raising about $75,000 so far.
These cyclists did train for this but when averaging 70 miles a day, they need a pit stop for food and dancing.
"Seeing these people smile, makes me smile...I'll forget about all the tiredness, we're just going to have a good time today," Pitts said.
Pitts said although it's tough, the pain is worth the reward.