The 28 University of Illinois students participating in this year's Illini 4000 ride arrived exactly on time Monday at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center in Urbana.
Jamie Kelleher, a UI senior, said the group had completed the first 1,000 miles of its cross-country bicycle ride and expected to arrive in San Francisco on Aug. 7.
The student group rides each summer to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, Kelleher said, with $115,000 raised so far this year and a five-year total of $398,000. The ride into Champaign marks the 17th day of the ride that began in New York City.
The riders post information and blog about the project at http://illini4000.org/