The 6th annual David R. Feltner memorial Bike-A-Thon officially concluded on October 15th, 2016.
The 72-hour cycling event was held near the Purdue Bell Tower, raising over $2,500 for people with disabilities. The Bike-A-Thon is named in honor of late brother David Feltner, who passed away in 2011 from a soft-tissue cancer. All procees go toward the Ability Experience, a national non-profit benefitting Americans with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Over 100 riders participated in the event, which spanned from 6pm on Wednesday to 6 on Saturday. Something special this year was extra participation from students, faculty, and others passing by. For the second consecutive year, the event featured a drive to stop using the “R” Word. Hundreds of passerby signed a poster board Purdue P, pledging their support of an end to the offensive term. This Bike-A-Thon also marked a new record in most individual donations. It is estimated that Nearly 750 individuals chose to donate to the event as they walked by.
As is tradition, David’s parents rode the last 10 minutes of the event. Candy and Steve Feltner rode the final 10 minutes Saturday as a crowd of over 100 Pi Kapps cheered them on. The event concluded with speeches from Ability Experience Chairman Mark Thorn and Chapter President Ambrose Haas. Chapter Advisor Pat Kuhnle the presented a slideshow of the event. “The Bike a Thon is something we look forward to doing every year,” said president Ambrose Haas. “Having the Feltner family continue to come and show their support is an honor. “The Bike a Thon has become very important to us, because it connects our fraternity as a whole; from alumni to our youngest members, we all feel the importance of the event while honoring memory of David Feltner.”
Photos from the slideshow can be found in the gallery page of this site.
It is worth noting that the chapter will also be holding a mini Bike-A-Thon during the Purdue University Dance Marathon this year, an event that is also held in memory of David.