Fundraising riders to make pit stop in Craig

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A team of cyclists riding across the country in hopes of furthering services to people with disabilities will make a pit stop Thursday afternoon in Craig.

The Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile trek from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., started as a yearly event in 1987. Beginning with just 21 riders, the event has grown to include three teams of 35. It raises $500,000 annually.

Push America sponsors the event.

Sylvia McFeaters, the day program coordinator for Horizons Specialized Services, said 30 cyclists and five support team members will stop in Craig for a dinner and social event with her organization. Push America has donated to Horizons in the past, and the dinner is one way of returning the favor, she said.

"Maybe we're both supporting each other," McFeaters said.

The team, which covers an average of 75 miles per day, is scheduled to arrive in Craig at about 2:30 p.m. They will have dinner with Horizons at Loudy-Simpson Park.

"It'll just be a friendly visit," McFeaters said. "It's a social event."

By acquiring pledges, the Journey of Hope ride raises money and awareness for people with disabilities. According to Push America, the trek is "a ride with purpose."

Push America is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1977 by Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. The Journey of Hope is one of the largest fraternal fundraising events in the country, according to the organization.

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