Student Veteran Biking USA Arrives in Knoxville

Kiersten Downs at the base of the flag pole. A momentary stop as she cycled through middle Tennessee. Photo credit: Biking USA

Kiersten Downs at the base of the flag pole. A momentary stop as she cycled through middle Tennessee. Photo credit: Biking USA

University of South Florida student veteran Kiersten Downs is nearing the end of her “Bike America” journey.

It started June 2 in San Francisco and is set to end August 5 in Washington D.C.

Along the way, her hope of raising awareness of student veterans is getting some notice. She’s in Knoxville, Tennessee tonight, July 24, 2013, and has a story in the Knoxville Daily Sun.

Downs is scheduled to appear on WBIR-TV, channel 10, Thursday morning to talk about the student veteran organization and earlier this week she was interviewed on the Nashville station WSMV-TV.

Her other goal during the two-month ride is to raise $50,000 for the national organization Student Veterans of America and its chapters.She’s close according to her most recent Tweet from @Biking_USA:

@mtvU@NickCannon I need to fundraise $1500 more to hit 50k goal for @studentvets by aug 5. Lets get this done so I can take a nap!

Downs is planning to rest up in Knoxville and is inviting fellow cyclists to meet up and ride along Friday and/or Saturday for Bike America: Student Veterans Ride for Education. Contact Kiersten Downs directly for specifics at http://www.bikingusa.net as she heads to Bristol, VA.

Message me if you are interested in linking up!!

Also, on August 4, Downs is planning a meet up in Charlottesville, VA; and on Aug 5 she is meeting cyclists for the last leg of the trip from Fredericksburg, VA to Washingon DC.

There is a Bike America: Student Veterans Ride for Education reception at the National Vets Center in DC at the George Washington University campus on Aug 5 at 6pm. It’s an open invitation but you must RSVP.

Below one of the videos Kiersten has produced during her journey … it’s on the virtue of “getting lost” and learning to embrace it.

 

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One Response

  1. You are awesome girl!! So proud of you!!!

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