Boston Community Grabs Their Bikes to Support Veterans at Soldier Ride

Local Favorite Cycling Event Cruises Though the Streets from September 23-27

Aug 13, 2015, 08:00 ET from Wounded Warrior Project

BOSTON, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® presented by USAA® provides injured service members with the therapy of cycling. This year, the national event, which offers veteran assistance through physical health and wellness activities, camaraderie building, and healing, heads to Boston for 11th time (September 23-27). The multi-day event concludes with hundreds of Bostonians riding alongside the group to encourage their recoveries and fundraise to support programs that assist them in finding their new normal. Joining the cause is simple, and registration is open through the day of the event.

"Veterans make the connection between serving in combat and participating in Soldier Ride; they cover each other's backs and are motivated by their peers and the support of the surrounding communities," said Dan Schnock, director of Soldier Ride at WWP. "This isn't a race, it's a ride, and everyone makes it to the end."

The impactful five-day event gives participants from across the country a chance to push physical and mental boundaries through adaptive sports while bonding over stories of shared service and sacrifice.

The injured service members will arrive in town on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to get fit for their equipment in South Yarmouth, Mass. All cycling equipment and activities are provided to WWP veterans at no cost through generous donations and the support of U-HAUL, a founding partner of Soldier Ride, and TREK.

The nearly 60-miles of carefully planned courses are broken down into three days.

  • On Thursday, Sept. 24, the event kicks off with a 20-mile ride in Falmouth, Mass.
  • The following day, the ride continues with a 14-mile leg through Providencetown, Mass.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 26, members of the community will be able to ride alongside the wounded veterans during their final day of cycling, and tweet their support by using #SoldierRideBOS. The ride will start/finish at The Old Manse in Concord, Mass., wind through the public streets of Boston, and end with a community picnic.

In addition to the rides throughout the week, Solider Ride participants will have the opportunity to experience the city's unique offerings at events like beach yoga in Falmouth, a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway, and a tour of the historic Old Manse.

Those interested in participating in the Saturday community ride can register online here: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/soldier-ride/community-rides/boston.aspx or onsite on Sept. 26.

To learn how to help a veteran, please visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride® began in 2004 when civilian Chris Carney cycled more than 5,000 miles coast-to-coast in support of WWP. In 2005, Carney again cycled coast-to-coast, this time with several combat-wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldier Ride has been welcomed at the White House since 2008 when President Bush called it "the most inspiring athletic event in the country," and most recently in April 2015 by President Obama where WWP Alumni met privately with him before the event.

Soldier Ride is a physical health & wellness program of WWP, which envisions a generation of wounded veterans well-adjusted in body, receiving the care they need to maximize rehabilitation and live active and healthy lives. Through peer support, adaptive sports, health, nutrition, and recreational activities, WWP helps warriors achieve independence and pursue an excellent quality of life.

More information on Soldier Ride is available at soldierride.org.

Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.   

 

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