Wounded Warriors go on an Inspirational Journey during Soldier Ride San Diego
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride presented by GEICO will arrive in San Diego on March 13 for a three-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings wounded warriors from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
The wheels are set in motion with a bike fitting where WWP Alumni are fit with adaptive equipment on March 13 at Hilton Harbor Island. The following day, WWP Alumni will depart from Tidelands Park in Coronado for a 17-mile ride. That evening they are venturing to the Wavehouse for a wellness event. On Saturday, March 15, the 25-mile ride takes place in the hills of Chula Vista and end at the Olympic Training Center.
During the ride, Wounded Warrior Project provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment at no cost, including adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment.
“Before my injury, I used to ride for recreation, but never at the level I am now,” said Steven Peace, a former Navy Lt. Commander who had a serious stroke at the age of 32, and was told he might never walk again. He now completes in paracycling around the world. “Last year’s event in San Diego marked my 13th Solider Ride, which has been an integral part of my rehabilitation and it helps show other Wounded Warriors at the early stages of recovery what they can achieve.”
Soldier Ride staff carefully plan each route, and engage the local community and law enforcement for support.
Soldier Ride presented by GEICO is also being supported across the country by U-HAUL, a founding partner of Soldier Ride, and TREK, both proud supporters of WWP.
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 for many years, beginning in 2008 when President Bush called it “the most inspiring athletic event in the country,” and most recently in April 2013 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.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. 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.