A flat tire on the last day of her two-month journey did not slow down Kiersten Downs.
The former president of the University of South Florida Student Veterans Association cycled into Washington DC this afternoon, August 5, 2013.
She started the trek in San Francisco June 2, 2013 by dipping her rear tire in the Pacific Ocean, a tradition by cross-country cyclists.
Her goal was to raise awareness about student veterans and to raise $50,000 for their non-profit organization. She’s accomplished both.
Congratulations to Kiersten. Several of her USF colleagues traveled to DC to celebrate her finish at the SVA headquarters.
She tweeted the photo (@Biking_USA) below to share in her triumph after cycling some 3,800 miles.
The SVA will mark Kiersten’s achievement with a celebration at the National Veterans Center, 2013 H. ST NW, Washington DC, tonight from 6 to 8.
Guests include Kiersten, Vice Admiral (ret.) Mel Williams, Jr., Senior Associate Dean of Military and Veteran Initiatives at George Washington University; Lieutenant General (ret.) Martin R. Steele, Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, Executive Director Military Partnerships, USF Research & Innovation, University of South Florida; Michael Dakduk, Executive Director, Student Veterans of America; Dan Parker, Director of Programs, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A photo from the start of her journey and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.