Three Day Cycling Event For The Wounded Warriors Project
The event benefits programs for restoring physical and emotional health to veterans and active duty soldiers.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Soldier Ride is a three-day rehabilitative cycling event in September which brings Wounded Warriors from New England and across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
During the ride, the WWP provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to Wounded Warriors at no cost, which includes adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. The weekend ends with a Red Sox game.
“My physical and emotional wounds took a big toll on my motivation, diet and overall health. A staff member took a vested interest in my recovery at a Wounded Warrior Project event last year and saved my life. In April 2013, I took part in Soldier Ride DC and was able to see personal transformations and friendships created over a three-day event,” says Boston resident Erick Millette, a Wounded Warrior Project Alumnus who sustained several injuries from nine direct hits from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during two deployments to Iraq as an Army combat patrol leader. “The organization’s holistic approach to recovery coupled with Physical Health and Wellness programs changed my life and inspired me to reach out to others who have undergone similar experiences.”
The Soldier Ride routes are planned in advance and the event relies upon the local community and law enforcement for support. The ride begins September 19th at the Cape Cod Trail in South Dennis and ends at LeCount Hallow Road in Wellfleet. The following day, the ride will begin and end at the Shining Sea Trail in North Falmouth. The community ride (open to the public) on the 21st will begin and finish at the Old Manse in Concord.
For more details and to register for the community ride, click here.