Rock Hill, Pi Kappa Alpha rides raise money for cycling endowment

03/15/2014 4:21 PM

03/15/2014 4:22 PM

It was a great day for a bike ride Saturday morning in Rock Hill.

The sun was shining, the sky was clear and the brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Winthrop University had been warming up for two straight days, said chapter president Zach Bowman, a junior.

Bowman and his brothers spent two straight days cycling an 8-mile loop around Rock Hill to raise money for a new city cycling endowment.

To show its support, the city held a 5-mile family “fun ride” to finish the Pi Kappa Alpha ride.

The fun ride was the “first of many” family-friendly cycling events the city plans to hold, said Merritt Croom with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Since the 1980s, the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter has hosted ride-a-thons at different locations throughout the southeast such as Myrtle Beach and Charlottesville, Va. Last year they decided to bring the event home to Rock Hill, Bowman said.

“We appreciate they took the time off their spring break to do this for the city,” Croom said. “We’re thrilled the chapter has decided to stay here.”

The 48 fraternity brothers rode in shifts, Bowman said. They had stations around Rock Hill where riders could rest if they got tired while another fraternity brother picked up where the last rider left off.

“It’s been a great time,” Bowan said. “We’ve done a lot of bonding.”

The city is grateful for the partnership, Croom said, because of Rock Hill’s focus on biking, with projects such as the velodrome and BMX track, and the addition or enhancement of bike paths across the community.

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