Bike ride brings about the ‘American Dream’

Millersville's third-annual American Dream Ride Scholarship raised over 40,000 dollars. Photo courtesy of Millersville University.

Allie Remis
Editor in Chief

On one of the first cool days of fall, Millersville administration, students and Lancaster locals got up early for a charity bike ride. The American Dream Scholarship Ride began at 7:30am on Saturday morning. It wasn’t just one bike course though, there were 10, 20, and 30 mile routes that started and ended at the Winter Performing Arts Center.

For those not as comfortable with biking there were 1, 2, and 6.5 mile walking courses around campus and the Crossgates golf course. Although all bikers had to be registered, the pace and timing of the events were very relaxed with some bikers coming back to the VPAC, eating a sandwich and then going back out to ride another course.

In addition to Millersville University participants, there were also members from local charities. There was an incentive for small charities to bike in the event. In his starting speech, Dr. Anderson mentioned that the charity group with the highest percentage of riders participating would win a donation to their charity.

It was mentioned many times that Millersville is a bike friendly university. They also mentioned some classes to take in bike safety to try to reduce bike related dangers and injuries. The Marauder Marching Band and cheerleaders performed throughout the morning to add excitement to the day.

Around 125 walkers and bike riders participated in the event which was Millersville’s third year hosting. This was twice the amount of people who participated in 2015 and Dr. Anderson mentioned that his goal is to double it again for next year.

“Do you know what it takes to get college students up at 7:30, or even earlier than that, on a Saturday?” President Anderson asked during his speech.

The sponsors for the event included Millersville Student Alumni Association and The Lancaster Management and Waste. The goal of the event is to raise money for the American Dream Scholarship which is an endowment fund intended to help students who have high financial need.