Meet fellow injured US military service members at Soldier Ride cycling events nationwide
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is an organization dedicated to assisting military service members injured on or following September 11, 2001, through unique programs and services. Through the five core tenants of “Fun, Integrity, Loyalty, Innovation, and Service” (FILIS), the Wounded Warrior Project seeks to empower and give back to veterans who have physical or mental injuries, illnesses, or wounds.
One popular program that the WWP hosts each year is the Soldier Ride, a cycling event during which participants travel to various cities around the country and invite veterans and wounded service members “to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds.” The Soldier Ride is invigorating, inspiring, and a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy a day of energetic outdoor fun.
President Barack Obama got involved in the fun at April’s recent DC Soldier Ride by greeting cyclists, cheering them to the finish line, and generating laughs with his signature jovial sense of humor, joking about yoga “warrior” poses.
During the past year, the Soldier Ride took place in the following cities/areas around the globe:
- Miami & Key West, Florida
- Jacksonville, Florida
- San Diego, California
- Washington, DC
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Houston, Texas
- Chicago, Illinois
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- New York, New York
- Seattle, Washington
- North Fork, New York
- North Carolina
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas, and
- Landstuhl, Germany.
The Soldier Ride welcomes and accommodates veterans of all mobility levels. Wounded Warrior provides adaptive equipment free of charge to participants, including state-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles. The program takes place over four days. Day one includes orientation/bike-fitting and meet-and-greet events. On day two, participants go on a short program ride to test out their new equipment, while day three is the intense, exhilarating long-program ride covering 25-mile or 50-mile courses. Locals and supporters will come out to cheer the warriors as they pass. The final day is for wrapping up the event and saying goodbyes to new friends.
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