Owen Glennon Cycling Adventure



Mr. Owen Glennon, Marist math teacher since 1976, cycled 1,000 miles over two weeks starting in late June of 2015 on the back roads of America from the Marist Brothers’ Retreat Center in Esopus, New York, back to Chicago. Mr. Glennon, an avid cyclist, has ridden the RAGBRAI, the ride across Iowa, 12 times. In 2013, he rode 3,200 miles from Anacortes, Wash., to Brunswick, Maine.

Mr. Glennon referred to the 2015 trip as a Marist cycling adventure that will take him through rural towns in southern New York, western Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, and northern Indiana that reflect the Catholic culture that spans the many miles from Esopus to Chicago. Along the way, Mr. Glennon stopped at fifteen Catholic churches and shrines including the Marist Brothers' Cemetery in Esopus, NY, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at Marist College, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, and the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana. He returned to Marist on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

The 2015-2016 school year also marked Mr. Glennon's fortieth year of teaching math at Marist, and he hoped that this 1,000 mile ride would be an occasion to reconnect with his many former students, to help to raise funds for the benefit of Marist students, and to prompt alumni to reestablish a connectedness with Marist. And his ride did just that! Many alumni and colleagues joined him for portions of his trek. Additionally hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty members, and friends donated to the cause, which has raised more than $70,000! 

At his return party at the school, it was announced the funds would be allocated to a new Owen and Carlin Glennon Scholarship, which will be awarded to deserving students who wish to attend Marist and are qualified math students, but demonstrate a financial need. 

Contributions can still be made to this worthy cause!

For more information email Mr. Glennon or Marty Wirtz in the advancement office.