Cross-Country Cyclist Aids After-School Student Program

 Marc Purslow completed a 3,645-mile cross-country bicycle tour late last year to raise money for after-school programs benefiting Ohio youngsters.

Today the executive director of After School All-Stars Ohio, Sienna Daniel, thanked Marc for literally risking his life to raise nearly $13,000 for a comprehensive program designed to keep children safe and reach their life goals. 

The after-school program provides academic enrichment and physical activities for qualifying students between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.  The program message states that this is “the time of day when youth violence, drug use, and other delinquent behaviors are most likely to occur.”

Marc is a welding engineer who has also hosted students at his workplace to learn more about engineering careers. He had never undertaken a long-distance ride beyond 20 consecutive miles prior to July-August 2014.

His trip began in Bar Harbor, Maine, on the Atlantic coast, and at the edge of Hurricane Arthur’s winds, and ended at the Pacific Ocean at  San Diego–where he was hit by a truck but managed to soldier on.  He battled a pack of wild dogs, fierce headwinds and Kansas grasshoppers, coupled with 106 degree heat to complete his long-distance cycling journey in only 43 days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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