Bike4Alz group makes stop in Bowling Green

Published: Jul. 5, 2018 at 5:26 PM CDT
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Starting in May, 13 Western Kentucky University fraternity students have been traveling across the country to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's Disease, and Thursday, the bikers arrived back in Bowling Green.

"It means everything being home once again," Erik Roepke said. "Seeing family and friends and just being recharged for the remainder of the journey for the last two week stretch."

The Bike4Alz group started in San Francisco, California with the goal of ending in Virginia Beach, Virginia for a total of about 3,600 miles, while hosting events, volunteering at local senior living facilities, and making friends along the way.

11 of the 13 students are bike riders with two support vehicles.

Of the 13, nine are Bowling Green natives and one from Franklin.

"Got a little bit more ways to go," Alex Stackhouse said. "But it's really nice being home for a little bit and seeing familiar faces and hanging out a little while we're here."

They say during the trek they've created a strong bond.

"We've definitely got a lot close," Seth Chaney said. "I'll be staying the night at my parents tonight and I can't wait to wake up and not see any of these guys, at least for one day."

"These are some of my best friends," J.B. Carter said. "Seeing them do something kind of off-the-wall was really incredible. I'm just fortunate enough to be apart of the experience. It's been a great ride."

The riders plan to continue the trek next week and currently biked close to 2,600 of the 3,600 miles.

"It's a surreal feeling to know that we started here almost two months ago and we've made it back on bicycles somehow," Jake Edmunds said. "But we did, and I just can't believe we're here with all these people and more excited to have a fundraiser tomorrow."

The "Tops End Alz" fundraising event will raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and to celebrate the riders on their journey to this point.

The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the SoKY Marketplace. Admission is five dollars.