Published August 6, 2015
ATLANTA—Cyclist Dick Marklein completed his cross-country trek to raise scholarship money for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.
That’s 52 days and 3,900 miles.
The cyclist began on May 31 in San Francisco and ended in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 21 where Marklein dipped his bike into the Atlantic Ocean.
The trip was the cyclist’s once-in-a-lifetime goal. He posted, “I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity for the Cycling for Cristo Rey Atlanta charity cause. This personal journey has been fulfilled by knowing each mile was cycled for some worthy students who will benefit so much by the Cristo Rey experience.”
“Thank you for all the prayers and inspiring support messages. Each one offered me that extra boost of energy and morale that I needed along the way,” he said.
The Atlantic wasn’t the end of the trip, however. He reported going a few extra miles into Maine where ice cream was on the menu.
As of last report, the cyclist’s efforts raised $13,550 for scholarships for the school, which serves students from working-class backgrounds with a unique corporate work-study arrangement supported by local businesses and a college prep curriculum. Cristo Rey Atlanta opened in July 2014 with its first freshman class and just welcomed its second group of freshmen.
Each $5,000 raised by the cyclist funded one scholarship for a student interested in science, math or technology, so supporters can still push the total over the $15,000 mark and allow a third scholarship to be awarded.
Visit www.gofundme.com/CyclingForSTEM or the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Facebook page.