Imagine embarking on a 4,400-mile journey across the United States
as part of a group of courageous men and women who cycle to spread an
inspirational message of hope! Four thousand miles is an extremely long
trek and would be quite challenging for anyone, and is perhaps
something very few people would consider doing. Imagine how challenging
it would be for someone missing a limb, or perhaps even two limbs. It
may just seem next to impossible; however, U.S. Army veterans Heath
Calhoun, Ryan Kelly and other dedicated cyclists of Soldier Ride prove
that accomplishing this trek is definitely possible!
Launching this amazing journey for the third year in a
row, more than 75 Soldier Ride 2006 cyclists will take off on a
cross-country trek from Montauk, New York to Pendleton, California in
order to raise funds and awareness for soldiers returning injured from
Afghanistan, Iraq and other military conflicts around the world.
One may ask, "why would people go to such great
lengths, literally 4,400 miles, in order to spread a message of
inspiration and hope? Where does the inspiration to embark on such a
journey come from?" Steve Nardizzi, executive director of Soldier Ride
explains. "These cyclists, many who have been wounded, want to give
back, he said." "Even though they have already given so much, they want
to give this positive message to the public and pass the message on to
the next group of wounded soldiers."
Steve also stated that another aspect of inspiration is the challenge.
"Many of these men and women have been physically active throughout
their lives, and are not going to loose that he noted." "They are going
to get on the bike and prove to themselves 'I can still do this.'"
Soldier Ride is not about the politics, it's not about the war, it's
simply about the soldiers.
Wounded Warrior Project
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