USF Student Vet Completes Ride Across USA

Kiersten shows off the nail that flattened her tire the last day of her ride across the USA. Photo credit: Biking_USA

Kiersten shows off the nail that flattened her tire the last day of her ride across the USA. Photo credit: Biking_USA

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.

Kiersten Downs celebrating the end of her two-month ride across the USA to raise awareness for student veterans. Photo credit: Biking USA

Kiersten Downs celebrating the end of her two-month ride across the USA to raise awareness for student veterans. Photo credit: Biking USA

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.

Kiersten Downs crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the first leg of her journey across America.

Kiersten Downs crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the first leg of her journey across America.

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2 Responses

  1. […] student and Air Force veteran Kiersten Downs cycled across the United States this summer to raise visibility for student veterans. And even though her wheels stopped turning August 5th when she arrived in Washington D.C., it […]

  2. […] student veteran Kiersten Downs, a former president of the USF Student Veterans Association, for her cross-country trip that raised $50,000 for the organization as well as raising awareness of student veterans’ […]

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