Alan Thompson poses with his bike and attached trailer in Ohio. Contributed photo/Save the Children, August 2015.

Alan Thompson poses with his bike and attached trailer in Ohio.

The Bike Runner

Alan Thompson, 66, of Sylvania, Ohio set off on his bicycle on August 17, 2015 with a lofty distance in mind. He wanted to ride around the perimeter of the United States, raising funds and awareness for two of his favorite charities: Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children. He left Ohio and headed east to Maine. Down the East coast, along the southern perimeter states and then up the west coast to Portland, OR. From there he took an Amtrak to Chicago, and then finished his ride to Toledo. He was on the road for 9 months and pedaled over 9,000 miles, traversing 26 states. 

But he had unfinished business. 

In the summer of 2017 – he picked up where he left off in Portland, OR and biked the 3,000 miles along the northern US states, back to his home in Toledo He finished his journey on Monday, August 14, 2017 – nearly two years later! Alan averaged about 50 miles per day, and pulled between 90 and 100 pounds on a trailer attached to his bicycle. The trip covered more than 12,000 miles, and he raised over $30,000. Before he left, Thompson said, “I've had my fair share of adventure in life, so the main purpose here is to generate funds for Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children. If I can do that, then it will be a good thing to do and an effort well intentioned and spent.” You can still donate to his efforts here: Save the Children was excited to welcome Alan when he passed through our coastal headquarters in Fairfield, CT. He embodies the word “hero” in every sense. Many thanks, Alan!


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