On Sept. 7, more than 150 injured veterans and their supporters set off on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge, a 6-day, 355-mile bicycle ride from Waltham, Mass., to New York City.
Source: Tiffini Skuce, Ride 2 Recovery
The athletes began in downtown Waltham, Mass., and are riding through New England and New York with overnight stops in Providence, R.I., Hartford and Danbury, Conn., Newburgh, N.Y., and Fort Lee, N.J. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, Ride 2 Recovery supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured veterans, featuring cycling as the core activity. Ride 2 Recovery helps injured veterans heal through the challenge of cycling long distances using hand cycles, recumbent, tandem and traditional road bikes.
“In the UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series, about 60% of the participating injured veterans come through our feeder program, Project HERO,” John Wordin, president and founder of Ride 2 Recovery, stated in a press release. “There are 52 Project HERO programs at military bases and VA facilities across the country. Our medical personnel and Ride 2 Recovery onsite coordinators help prepare these healing heroes for the week-long challenge of riding a bike hundreds of miles. For these men and women, cycling becomes a life-changing addition to their physical and mental rehabilitation.”