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’22 Coast to Coast Comes Home – UConn Today – today.uconn.edu

From left: Brian Legato, Dustin Moore, and Julia Neri make it to Glacier National Park in Montana, one of the spots they were looking forward to seeing the most, on Day 14 of the 2022 Coast to Coast for a Cause ride. (ucon…….

From left: Brian Legato, Dustin Moore, and Julia Neri make it to Glacier National Park in Montana, one of the spots they were looking forward to seeing the most, on Day 14 of the 2022 Coast to Coast for a Cause ride. (uconncoast2coast2022.blogspot.com).

Three students — two medical and one dental — are back in Connecticut after spending the last seven weeks carrying out the annual UConn Health tradition of cycling cross-country to raise money for charity.

Julia Neri, Dustin Moore, and Brian Legato arrived to a cheering crowd of classmates, friends and family members awaiting them at the academic entrance on the UConn Health campus Monday afternoon.

“Riding into UConn Health [Monday], I was overwhelmed with the excitement of being home, the pride of finishing an amazing accomplishment, and gratitude for all the support we received over the past two months,” Neri says. “I will hold the memories from this trip forever.”

Classmates, friends and family celebrate the arrival of UConn Health’s 17th Coast to Coast for a Cause team. (Photo by Kristin Wallace)

From left: Dustin Moore, Brian Legato, and Julia Neri start the 2022 Coast to Coast for a Cause bike tour from the Pacific shore in Anacortes, Washington. (instagram.com/coast2coast_2022)

The final stretch of the 2022 Coast to Coast for a Cause ride came a day later, when the cyclists, and anyone who wants to join them, pedaled from Farmington to Madison, officially ending the ride when their bike tires touched the Atlantic waters at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

“It really is an incredible feeling to finish,” Legato says. “I kept commenting on our last ride [Monday] about how crazy and surreal it felt to be back home. It really has been one of the biggest accomplishments of my life and something that I am going to remember forever.”

They started on the Pacific shore in Anacortes, Washington, more than 3,000 miles away, June 6.

“The 250-person town of Gackle, North Dakota, is by far the best place to spend the 4th of July,” says Julia Neri. “The entire town welcomed us in on all the festivities, including a BBQ, parade, picnic, and the best fireworks show that was set off only 100 yards away.” (uconncoast2coast2022.blogspot.com).

“I wish I knew how short it was actually going to be,” Moore says. “In the moment it seemed like it was taking forever, but now that it’s at the end it feels like we blinked and it was over.”

Neri adds, “I would pass along to future years to soak in every single moment of the adventure and to not take anything for granted.”

The cause again this year is …….

Source: https://today.uconn.edu/2022/07/22-coast-to-coast-comes-home/

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