LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.— Showing that you’re never too old to join in, Gary Marcucci, age 70 and member of the Residex team for more than 20 years, will join Bike the U.S. for MS and Phil Across America for three days and 207 miles in Virginia to help raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
Phil Across America is an off-shoot of Bike the US for MS Team where Phil Cooper, President and CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central, and the Bike the US for MS team will cycle 3,780 miles in 60 days through the United States to raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
Teaming up with the Phil Across America team brings Marcucci back to his cycling roots. An avid cyclist for years, Gary has not been riding in recent years. But this was an opportunity he could not pass up. Dusting off his custom made bicycle and going back into training to prepare for the ride, Marcucci is ready.
“Phil’s excitement transferred over to me and I knew I wanted to do this ride. I’m trying to capture lighting in a bottle and this is something I really want to do.”, said Marcucci. The ride has deeper impact for Marcucci as he has rode for many years in the MS City to Shore ride in New Jersey. “My very good friend’s wife has MS and has since passed away, I rode for her for years and I am riding for her again.”
Joining Marcucci on the ride and in all of the festivities at the end of each day will be his wife of 45 years, Phyllis. When Gary needs to take a break she will be at the ready but Gary is convinced this will not be necessary. Marcucci added, “I will be quite surprised if I do not finish each day”
Cooper is encouraging his colleagues in the pest management industry to support his journey by either donating or by participating in the ride itself. While Marcucci is bringing his own bike and sleeping in a hotel, others joining the ride are taking advantage of “Just Bring Yourself” method which provides riders with all of the essentials to ride cross country including a bike, tent, air mattress, and food. Riders who participate in the “Just Bring Yourself” method only have to provide biking clothing and a helmet.
“People are jumping on board each week and there is plenty of time for others to join me in the nine states I will be traveling through. I am thrilled the pest industry is rallying around this great cause.” said Cooper. “I am especially excited with Gary’s participation, he is a longtime friend and having him join me on the journey is very special for me.””
To learn more about the ride or how to join Phil Across America, visit www.philacrossamerica.com.