Gear Up Florida


The arrival weekend is scheduled for May 29, 2021. The Gear Up Florida arrival weekend celebrates cycling and service across the state of Florida. Whether you are a team member, parent, family member, 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.

The arrival will take place on the east side of the Florida State Capitol building at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021. 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 Gear Up Florida host hotel will be the AC Hotel Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol (801 South Gadsden St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). We have secured a rate of $119 per night plus taxes. To book your room, you can call the hotel at (850) 392-7700 and mention you are part of the “Gear Up Florida”group or you can book your room online. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 7 to secure the rate.

**Parents do not need to make reservations for team members on the evening of May 29, 2021. The Ability Experience will make these reservations. 

Gear Up Florida Celebration

An awards celebration to recognize the accomplishments of the Gear Up Florida team will be held at the AC Hotel on the evening of Saturday, May 29. The celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. The attire for the evening is business casual. Cost for this event will be $25 per guest. You can register for the celebration here!

For questions regarding the Gear Up Florida arrival, please contact email Andrew Matznick.

Post-Trip Travel
Cyclist Departure

Cyclists can book flights departing any time on Sunday, May 30 out of Tallahassee International Airport (TLH).

Crew Departure

Crew will be dismissed from Charlotte after debrief. Flights can be book leaving Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) after 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 1.