Students will spend 48 days cycling 3,800 miles across the United States to raise money for wounded U.S. soldiers
3,500 miles. 50 days. 8 bikes. All for our veterans.
CONCORD, NH, May 15, 2015—Eight students, ages 16 to 18 years old, will bicycle this summer from Washington State to New Hampshire to raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit organization that supports cycling as physical and mental rehabilitation for United States veterans. The students attend St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and are riding as SPS Cyclists. Their fund-raising goal is $100,000.
The students, three girls and five boys, come from Montana, Florida, Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.
The ride will begin on June 12 in Anacortes, WA, and will continue through Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Ontario, and Vermont, concluding in New Hampshire on July 28. The cyclists will stay in campgrounds across the country. They will dip their bicycle tires first in the Pacific Ocean and finally in the Atlantic.
Since 2008, Ride 2 Recovery has been exploring and promoting cycling as an alternative method of therapy for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Cycling helps the healing process of our wounded heroes by offering both individualized physical goals and the much-needed emotional support of an active community to help everyone succeed. The diversity of the therapy options is limited only by the inclusion of a bicycle somewhere in the process.
SPS Cyclists 2015 will undertake the epic journey beneath beautiful and spacious skies, from sea to shining sea, climbing purple mountains majesty above fruited plains, to crown our American heroes with brotherhood. A big challenge for us but a small way of saying thanks. We’d like you to join us on our ride, to feel every uphill pedal stroke and standstill headwind. How amazing is their devotion to Ride 2 Recovery?
We’d like you to saddle up and clip into the pedals as we crest the hills and race headlong into the valleys. We’d like to to ride alongside the veterans who join our peloton, to witness their struggles and honor their sacrifice. Those SPS students who’ve made this journey before us have described those as the most rewarding moments.
We’d like you to do all of this and more from the comfort of your own kitchen table. Your donations help to heal our heroes and we do all the legwork. And from what we understand, the legwork is considerable. But the challenges faced by those we help are far greater. Join us today as we venture across the land we enjoy more freely because of their sacrifice.
You will be brought to our personal donation page at Ride 2 Recovery. Thank you for your help!
Corporate sponsors for the ride include Ocean Spray, Neutrogena, and Vinson & Elkins.