Clearfield, PA – A journey of about 900 miles will wrap up this Saturday as 80-year-old John Farr finally makes it back to Clearfield County on his bicycle. This is his 20th Bike2Build event, which raises money to build and renovate homes in our area through Habitat for Humanity.
This year, John rode his bike up from Myrtle Beach, beginning more than two weeks ago. Along the way, he visited and ride with members of chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat works to make home ownership possible for areas of poverty, building and renovating homes in efforts to allow people to have decent and affordable housing. Applicants pay a no-interest mortgage for their home and are expected to put time and effort into building it.
The next Clearfield County project is beginning shortly on Reed Street in Clearfield, and they’re expecting other projects to start in DuBois, Clearfield, and Curwensville next year or shortly after.
Even when the ride had to be modified slightly due to the pandemic in 2020, the Bike2Build ride raised a record amount of $23,350. During the past two decades, John’s ride has raised more than $175,000 total. They’re hoping for another great turnout this year.
John is expected to arrive back in Clearfield just in time for for the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9.
You can track John’s progress and make donations at www.Bike2Build.org.
Want to volunteer or apply for Habitat for Humanity? Visit their main website at www.clearfieldhabitat.com.
On Saturday, Oct. 9 in Clearfield, it’s the Fall Festival/ Pumpkin Run 5k/Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show! More than 100 talented artisans! Lots of great food and plenty of entertainment. The Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held around the Third Street parking lot with registration being held from 10 am to 12 pm. Morning 5K run/walk.
A video chat with Anthony Caiola and John Farr, recorded on Oct. 7, as John was continuing north and getting closer to Pennsylvania.
NOTE: Photo is from John Farr’s 2020 Bike2Build journey.
The full Contact show audio from Sept. 23, right before John started his 20th Bike2Build trip.