Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge comes to Hampton Roads
June 1, 2011
JOINT BASE LANGELY-EUSTIS AND FORT MONROE, Va. " More than 225 injured veterans and their supporters will culminate a six-day, 325-mile ride with two stops Friday, June 3 at Fort Eustis and Saturday, June 4 at Fort Monroe to support rehabilitation for injured veterans before ending at Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 4.
The Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge began at Whipple Field at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. May 30. Riders will journey south through historic Virginia with stops in Manassas, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, Joint Base Langely-Eustis, Fort Monroe, and Virginia Beach.
Cyclists, including veterans using hand cycles, recumbents and traditional road bikes, include: National R2R Spokesman " Retired Army Sgt. Nathan Hunt; Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient; Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike McNaughton; Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Chuck Sketch; Retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan DeWalt; and other wounded veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Riders are scheduled to arrive at a reception at Continental Park, on Fort Monroe around10:30 a.m. where they will be honored by a salute from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Salute Battery and music by the TRADOC Band.
Additionally, Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC commanding general, will present a Salute Casing to John Wordin, founder of the Ride 2 Recovery.
Community members are invited to line the route to cheer the riders on.
The journey will benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for America's wounded veterans that feature cycling as a core activity. For more information, call 757-314-7500 or 757-878-6087.