2012 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
It’s for Cancer! Tory Cross Apr 16, 2012

My friends are probably ready to smack me every time they hear the phrase “It’s for cancer!” With all the super successful events we’ve had lately, everyone who has heard me speak in the last Read more…

Is this real life? Ashley Young Apr 10, 2012

I have asked myself the same question for half a year now.. Is this real life? I am currently spending all my time working on my fundraising, keeping up with school, and spending as much Read more…

Learning what life is all about with I4K Amanda Lundgren Apr 07, 2012

So do you ever think you are worrying too much about things that do not matter? I mean this is it; this is your life happening right in front of you, moment by moment. Time Read more…

Where does time go? Tory Cross Mar 28, 2012

A few days ago, Julianne posted her blog titled “The Journey,” saying that we have a mere 100 days left.   Except how that wasn’t a few days ago. As of today, there are 57 Read more…

Cars are big, you are small. Tory Cross Mar 26, 2012

Today, the team had the absolute pleasure of getting to meet a member of the Livestrong Foundation! Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest inspirations in my life, and the entire Livestrong foundation is an Read more…

Sometimes, it is about the bike Tory Cross Mar 04, 2012

Most of the riders have been athletes their entire lives. Some of us played basketball, ran cross country, dominated the football field. Some of us do lacrosse, soccer, or any number of other athletic endeavors. Read more…

“There’s a whole lot of good” Shannon Cleary Feb 20, 2012

I guess I just assumed that hosting a spaghetti supper was as easy as making noodles, adding sauce, buying salad in bulk, and selling tickets ahead of time.   I thought it was totally do-able and Read more…

The Journey Julianne Reynolds Feb 15, 2012

Today, we are a mere one hundred days before the start of our trip; the expedition that will lead us from New York City to San Francisco on mere contraptions of metal and other knick Read more…

What it means to be I4K 2012 Tory Cross Feb 07, 2012

Of course, there are a million things it means to be an I4K rider. It’s walking into ARC at 10 AM on Saturdays, smiling because we know that in a few weeks we’ll be getting Read more…

Ready to Ride Sarah Hidder Jan 11, 2012

This past Sunday, I purchased the bike that is going to take me across America this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. Monday I took her out for our first ride together, and everything Read more…

First Blog of my life Marcus Eck Jan 09, 2012

Never done this before. But figured this is a great time to start.   Got my bike over break and I4k is all I currently think about. To the team: lets have a get together Read more…

Rantoul Bradford Chapin Jan 07, 2012

Wow it’s been ridiculously not cold, so I was able to take a ride from Urbana to the neighboring town of Rantoul yesterday. Rantoul is the next stop north of Champaign on the Amtrak line…about Read more…

My Favorite Things (the cycling edition) Tory Cross Dec 27, 2011

Merry Christmas! I had an I4K-riffic Christmas this year, involving lots of spandex and the opportunity to go out biking with my dad, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do! After I Read more…

Crazy Realizations… Tory Cross Dec 20, 2011

Hi all! Every single day, I talk to someone about Illini 4000, and how incredibly excited I am to be a part of this amazing organization. Today, however, brought an interesting conversation. My uncle from Read more…

We’re Young and Inspired Shannon Cleary Dec 08, 2011

I can’t believe I’m doing I4k, I really cannot wait to cycle across the United States and I DEFINITELY can’t wait to do my part in supporting research.  Every time I see someone wearing a Read more…

A trip to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute Bradford Chapin Nov 21, 2011

Last week, my teammates and I visited the Mills Breast Cancer Institute here in Urbana. We received a full tour of the facilities and had time to ask lots of questions about various cancer treatments. Read more…

An interesting start Tory Cross Nov 08, 2011

Hey everybody! I’m Tory Cross, and I’m a freshman studying psych and (hopefully!) MCB. Last year, when I picked up my first U of I brochure, I saw the Illini 4000 tidbit, turned to my Read more…