Bike & Build

Krannert alums Jacob Boerema and Kyle Frey joined 28 others riders for the 2012 Bike & Build Ride to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing. (Photo provided)

Building a Better World

Two bikes, 73 days, 4,003 miles and the trip of a lifetime

Krannert alumnus Jacob Boerema was partway through a cross-country bicycle ride last summer, sprinting to catch up to the group in front of him, when his chain slipped. He crashed and hit his head. The helmet cracked. He sustained a concussion.

No matter.

The accident was no deterrent for Boerema (BSM ’10), an extreme athlete and exuberant spirit who had taken a leave from his work as a management consultant at Accenture to participate in the Bike & Build ride to raise money and awareness for affordable housing and pitch in on construction jobs. He sat out a day, then got back on the bike and rode the rest of the 4,003-mile trip.

Boerema was joined by fellow alum Kyle Frey (BSM ’10) and 28 other cyclists who rode from Providence, Rhode Island, to Half Moon Bay, California, enduring 17 days of temperatures over 100 degrees. The trip lasted 73 days and included about 100 miles of riding a day, with stops at 11 sites along the way.

As a group, they sided a home in Pennsylvania; poured a foundation in West Virginia; dry-walled the ceiling of a home in Lawrence, Kansas; and landscaped a home in Loveland, Colorado. Additionally, the riders were each required to raise at least $4,500 to be distributed via grants to affordable housing organizations. The team raised $180,000.

Former roommates and friendly competitors, Boerema and Fry are no strangers to giving back.

As Krannert seniors in 2010, bored and sitting at home on the couch, Boerema and Frey decided to combine their love of endurance sports with an interest in charity. They created the Krannert Kountdown, a 12-hour marathon held during Management Week in which participants on stationary bikes and treadmills raised $1,100 for the Drew Brees Dream Foundation.

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