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The arrival weekend is tentatively scheduled for May 26, 2018. The Gear Up Florida arrival weekend celebrates cycling and service across the state of Florida. Whether you are a team member, parent, friend or just a bystander, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement that surrounds this weekend. This weekend is not just an end to an incredible trek; it is the start of an ongoing journey that will forever change a Gear Up Florida team member’s life. Over the course of the two weeks, Gear Up Florida team members have experienced joy, pain, exhaustion and a deeper understanding for people with disabilities. We hope that you will join us in our celebration.  

Gear Up Florida Arrival
The arrival will take place on the east side of the Florida State Capitol building at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Please arrive around 2:30 p.m. as the team will be arriving at 3:00 p.m. sharp! Plan on wearing shorts and lots of sunscreen! It is traditionally very warm that day, so please be prepared.

Hotel Reservations
The Double Tree hotel in Tallahassee will be the host hotel of the 2018 Gear Up Florida arrival, and is located at 101 S Adams St. in Tallahassee, FL 32301.

Reservations will be made available in February of 2018.

**Parents do not need to make reservations for team members on the evening of May 26, 2018. The Ability Experience will make these reservations.  

Awards Reception
An awards reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the Gear Up Florida team will be held at the DoubleTree hotel on the evening of Saturday, May 26. A social hour will precede the awards reception and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The awards reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. The attire for the evening is business casual, and we are expecting over 100 family, friends and Pi Kappa Phis to be in attendance.

Reception Reservations
To make your reception reservations, you will need to do the following:

  • Reserve your hotel room (not your son's) with the Double Tree hotel: 
  • Tickets to the arrival celebration reception will be made available in February of 2018.

For questions regarding the Gear Up Florida arrival, please contact Terrie Smith at (980) 318-5380.