Amid unseasonably warm weather and gusts of strong winds, the 10th annual David Feltner Memorial Bike-a-Thon began on the Purdue campus at noon on Thursday.
Temperatures reached the mid 60s and winds gusted to more than 30 mph during the first hours of the annual event. Furthermore, riders and table volunteers have been following the Protect Purdue Plan due to the Covid-19 pandemic which requires all at the site to wear masks and sanitize bikes when changing riders.
The bike-a-thon, which benefits people with disabilities, will run daily through 5 p.m. on Saturday. The ride is named in memory of Feltner, who was a chapter member when he died in 2001 from a rare cancer. Feltner was a strong supporter of The Ability Experience, the national outreach effort by the national fraternity.
Chapter members will be broadcasting the ride live on its Facebook and Instagram accounts from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Viewers can submit questions on the live feed to riders or chapter leaders who will be present at the site.
Donors can support the effort through in-person donations or on the chapter’s link on the Ability Experience website here:
The Purdue guys have raised more than $11,000 during 2020, ranking it No. 3 among all Pi Kappa Phi chapters nationally. The bike-a-thon is the largest fund-raising event for the local chapter in the fall semester.