SM East grad planning to ride 865 miles through Florida to raise awareness of disabilities

Jon Moore
Jon Moore
Recent SM East graduate Jon Moore had never been much of a biker — hockey was his sport in high school. But after hopping on a bike for a long ride last summer, he caught the bug. Soon, he was able to crank off rides of 30 or more miles without any problem.

And next month, he’ll seeing just how far his legs can take him.

As part of a ride organized by his national fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, Moore will be attempting to ride 865 miles from Miami to Tallahassee. The ride is part of an effort to raise awareness of those who live with all kinds of disabilities, both physical and mental.

Moore, a KU sophomore, said he got passionate about the cause through volunteer events his fraternity had with Cottonwood, Inc., a Lawrence non-profit that provides services for those with developmental disabilities.

“I fell in love with working with people with disabilities,” Moore said. “You learn a lot.”

Moore and dozens of Pi Kappa Phis from across the country will be taking off from Miami on May 15. Their route has them set to arrive in Tallahassee on May 28.

While the route will be relatively flat and Moore feels confident that the hilly areas around Lawrence will prepare him well for the ride, the sheer number of miles would be challenging for almost any cyclist.

“The first day is the longest,” Moore said. “You do 105 miles.”

Moore has a support page up on the event’s website. You can find it here.