2016 Rider Blog

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We Made it to San Francisco! Alison DeBruyn Aug 13, 2016

            After 71 days, the Illini 4000 team arrived in San Francisco!  Seventy one days may seem like a long time, but this summer flew by.  It feels like just yesterday I was Read more…

The Wild West Alison DeBruyn Jul 18, 2016

Climbed over 6,000 feet to reach Mount Rushmore. Entering thr Badlands in South Dakota. It is amazing that it is day 51 of the Illini 4000′s cross country trip! Within 20 days we will be Read more…

Wisconsin Alison DeBruyn Jun 29, 2016

I cannot believe how fast time is going, it is already day 32 and we have passed through Wisconsin into Minnesota! I’m not sure which is better: the scenic views, fun bike trails, homemade ice Read more…

32 Day Update Maren Wiltshire Jun 29, 2016

We’ve come a long way from training rides back in March. Distance wise and physically. Everyone on the team will always remember day 3 as an awful day. There was no way to be prepared Read more…

Rolling Alison DeBruyn Jun 14, 2016

Niagara is a little upside down…but here it is from the Canadian side! We made it to Ohio!   Hi all! Sorry it has been awhile since my last update but here are some pixs Read more…

7 flats, 8 days Maren Wiltshire Jun 05, 2016

And no, that is not among the entire team. Just me, myself and I. New York has not been forgiving to myself or my teammates. To start, Illinois and New York are completely different! A Read more…

More in New York State Alison DeBruyn Jun 03, 2016

Syracuse to Palmyra It’s day 5 already and we just arrived in Palmyra, New York at Fellowship Bible Church.  The ride was much smoother and faster than the past few hilly days.  Immediately after arriving Read more…

In and Out of NYC Alison DeBruyn May 29, 2016

Hi all! In just about 48 hours memebers of my team and I have explored what seems like all of New York City and rode 64 miles to Beacon, New York. Yesterday, May 28, Maren, Read more…

T-Minus 49 Days Maren Wiltshire Apr 06, 2016

49 days until we get on the train to NYC to start this crazy adventure. 49 days. Putting things into perspective, thats only 4 more team weekend trainings and 4 more team meetings. Time really Read more…

April Fools! Alison DeBruyn Apr 05, 2016

Being April, you would think it would be around 60 degrees and sunny, but the weather decided to play a joke on my fellow teammates and me this past weekend.  The weather consisted of 30 Read more…

Gratitude Catherine Schmid Apr 01, 2016

To many people who know me, it is fairly evident that I like to keep a packed schedule that can often leave me feeling a bit burned out. But being a part of I4K this Read more…

89 day countdown! Rachael Venchus Mar 02, 2016

For those of you a little hesitant to donate, here are ten-ish kinda funny, kinda serious, but totally valid reasons to donate to my rider profile: 1. The government cannot find a way to misuse Read more…

Why We Fight Cancer Lindsey Coleman Feb 27, 2016

Tonight I hosted a Coffeehouse fundraising event, with live music and snacks. I posted a board for people to answer the question, “Why are you fighting cancer?” Here are some of the responses: “For my Read more…

Short Ride in a Fast Machine Johnny Duan Feb 25, 2016

A few weeks ago I bought my Illini 4000 bike: a Trek 1.2 from Champaign Cycle. It was cold in January, though, so after I brought it home it’s just been sitting in a corner Read more…

So Many Beautiful Things Lindsey Coleman Feb 15, 2016

Due to the beauty of social media I’ve had the privilege to explore the Instagram accounts, blogs, and pictures of past riders. Not only do we have some pretty talented photographers in this organization, but Read more…

I4K Update Steven Sabatini Feb 11, 2016

I just wanted to say thank you to all my supporters, the donations are extremely appreciated and will be put to a good cause as you already know. I am just under 40% of my Read more…

Back to the Basics Austin Li Feb 02, 2016

I’m excited to be a part of the Illini 4000 team. I really am. I love cycling and can’t wait for the chance to ride in places that aren’t the flat cornfields of the wonderful Read more…

First of Many Rides Maren Wiltshire Jan 26, 2016

I recently got my bike (thanks Marissa!) and couldn’t wait to go riding. I just saw my bike sitting in my room and that just made me more anxious to take her out on the Read more…

Fundraising Fun! Catherine Schmid Nov 10, 2015

I had such a fun time selling cookies outside of Canopy Club during the Young the Giant concert last week for Illini 4000! I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful staff at Canopy Club that Read more…

My First Donation Steven Sabatini Oct 27, 2015

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give a special “thank you” to my Aunt Roberta for helping me get started with donations. She was the first donor! Woot! Woot! Thank you, I know you will Read more…