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Bears on Bikes: A 50th Reunion Trek

Story posted May 30, 2007

A dozen members of the Class of 1957 geared up for their 50th class reunion a little differently than their classmates: They pedaled to campus from Boston — on bicycles.

The Bears on Bikes ride was a fundraiser for the Charles Chapman '57 Scholarship Fund.

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Bears on Bikes arrive at Bowdoin


"We have an important scholarship that's very important to us," says ridemaster David Webster '57. "For us, it's a challenge. We're 71, 72. It's a challenge."

The Boston-to-Bowdoin trek kicked off May 27, 2007, and delivered its intrepid cyclists to their alma mater on May 31, 2007. The reunion cyclists arrived at the Polar Bear statue outside Sargent Gym to a welcoming crowd that included President Barry Mills.

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Ridemaster David Webster '57

"Your class has shown enormous enthusiasm for the College," said President Mills. "This is going to be a great weekend."

A dozen riders began their journey at the George Washington Monument in the Boston Public Garden. Covering up to 50 miles a day, the group followed a coastal route with stops in Gloucester, Mass., Rye Beach, N.H., and Kennebunkport and Scarborough, Maine.

Webster says the group has taken a lot of questions along the way, including an inquiry from a motorcyclist as to why the group didn't "grow up and get Harley Davidsons," to which Webster replied, "We're Polar Bears, not Hogs."

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