Former Dragon will make 800-mile journey

NEW PALESTINE — It’s a 16-day, 800-mile bicycle journey across the sunshine state in May called Gear Up Florida.

The fundraising event hosted by Push America was founded by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in 1977, designed to build leaders by serving people with disabilities.

While it will be a fun bicycle riding adventure, 2007 New Palestine High School graduate Kevin Albrecht said it will also be lots of hard work.

Albrecht, a 2011 Purdue University graduate will be meeting 35 other Pi Kappa Phi’s from universities across the country on May 8 in Miami to take off on the ride that is scheduled to wrap up May 24 in Tallahassee. They hope to raise funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

“I did this before, in the summer of 2011,” Albrecht said. “As a rededication to my fraternity and what we stand for as far as the philanthropic side, I wanted to do it again.”

Albrecht and his fellow riders will be riding at least 70 miles a day crossing the state of Florida. But, after they finish their ride for the day, that's when he said the real journey begins.

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