Cycling marathon raises money for people with disabilities

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Students at Stephen F. Austin State University are spending 72 hours on a bike this week.

The around-the-clock event started Tuesday to raise awareness and funds for Push America, a philanthropy which serves people with disabilities.

Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are taking turns pedaling on a stationary bike outside the Baker Patillo Student Center, calling attention to the project.

Their annual Bike-A-Thon runs through noon Friday.

Fraternity president David Jones said their goal is to raise $2,500 for Push America, which will fund projects that support individuals with disabilities. "Push America does a lot of different projects, such as rebuilding summer camps for disabled children, rebuilding bike ramps and wheel chair ramps and stuff like that, as well as summer bike rides."

There's even some competition among the riders. Daniel Woods holds their current record for the longest ride -- peddling for more than two and a half hours straight.

The fraternity is streaming this the Bike-A-Thon through a live feed online. You can visit to watch the event.

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