Injured Veterans to Cycle 325 Miles from Arlington to Virginia Beach for the
2013 Memorial Ride 2 Recovery Challenge
*Injured active duty and retired military members to ride hand cycles,
recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes through eastern Virginia
*Ride 2 Recovery provides cycling rehabilitation programs for the nation’s
*Public encouraged to gather along the daily routes to support riders
ARLINGTON, Va. -- May 08, 2013
More than 200 injured veterans and their supporters will set off Monday, May
27, on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a seven-day,
325-mile bicycle ride from Arlington to Virginia Beach.
The veterans have trained for this ride as a means to build strength and
conditioning, and also help overcome the emotional challenges many veterans
face when returning home from service.
Memorial Challenge cyclists will start their journey at the Sheraton Crystal
City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Parkway, and ride south through eastern
Virginia with overnight stops in Manassas, Fredericksburg, Richmond,
Williamsburg and Norfolk. The ride will conclude in Virginia Beach on
Saturday, June 1. To see daily stops and events along the route, or to sign up
for the Memorial Challenge, click here for the online ride guide.
On Sunday, June 2, the one-day Honor Ride Virginia Beach will start and finish
at the Cavalier Hotel. The general public can join the injured veterans from
the Memorial Challenge to ride one of three distances – 23, 37 or 72 miles in
this self-paced, noncompetitive ride.
The public is encouraged to gather along the daily ride routes or at the
hotels to support the cyclists at any juncture along the route.
Ride 2 Recovery supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs
for injured veterans, featuring cycling as the core activity. From indoor
spinning training at military installations to multiday, long-distance rides,
Ride 2 Recovery helps injured veterans heal through the challenge of cycling
long distances using hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road
“We’re honored to support the men and women who have proudly served our
country with important programs like the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge,”
said James P. Cronin Jr., president & CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer &
Individual of the Mid-Atlantic. “Exercise and rehabilitation are key to
helping injured veterans return to the health and well-being they so richly
This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is serving as Ride 2 Recovery’s
presenting sponsor, providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to help
America’s injured veterans.
“The UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series offersour healing heroes involved in
the Project HERO program a way to get back in the game of life,” said John
Wordin, president and founder, Ride 2 Recovery. “We have established 37
Project HERO program locationson military installations and at Veterans
Affairs Medical Centers. Participants are evaluated and coached by the R2R
staffto rebuild strength and conditioning, while concurrently healing the
effects of PTS (post traumatic stress), traumatic brain injuries and
depression. Cycling is a powerful therapeutic exercise that they can do alone
or in groups for the rest of their lives.”
Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c) 3, helps injured veterans improve their health and
wellness through individual and group cycling. Cycling has proven to be a
catalyst in the recovery process by providing a new physical challenge while
concurrently helping to cope with the psychological challenges.
Ride 2 Recovery has established Project HERO programs at 34 military
installations and three VA sites. Through these on-site programs, R2R partners
with the facility staff and cadre to create personalized and progressive
programs to fit the needs of the individual patients and promote a fuller,
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Ben Goldstein, 240-683-5372
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