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Wounded Veterans Ride Towards Recovery During National Cycling Event

Soldier Ride Comes to Sacramento April 21-24

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northern California will host Wounded Warrior Project's® (WWP) Soldier Ride® as a group of our nation's heroes begin their journey toward a strong recovery with fellow injured veterans. Throughout the weekend's activities, participants will discover that Soldier Ride is not only a cycling event, it is a life-changing opportunity to heal their bodies and minds. In the spirit of recapturing military bonds, participating injured service members unite to cycle more than 30 miles through the beautiful hills of Northern California. 

WWP Alumni peddling through the countryside during a 2015 Soldier Ride event in California.

Soldier Ride Sacramento brings together wounded veterans for three days of group cycling that facilitates camaraderie and healing. Soldier Ride often introduces Alumni to WWP's Physical Health and Wellness (PH&W) program. Alumni then go on to participate in a variety of PH&W activities and learn more about WWP 20 direct programs and services, all offered free of charge to wounded service members, their caregivers, and families.

Before the ride, each wounded veteran is fitted with adaptive equipment to meet his or her specific needs. Aside from the main cycling event, Soldier Ride participants enjoy teambuilding exercises, such as kayaking and other PH&W program activities. Many wounded veterans find Soldier Ride to be an unforgettable, enriching experience as they take their first strides toward a new normal – on their terms. Many WWP Alumni face similar challenges adjusting to their injuries and civilian life. Events like this offer them a chance to come together, connect with other wounded veterans and family support members, and learn they are not alone.

Full Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 21                                                                                                                10:00 AM - 2:00 PM                                                                                                                 
Bike Fitting with Injured Veterans  
Marriott Courtyard Santa Rosa
175 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Friday, April 22                                                                                                                     
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Warrior Ride  
Good Sheppard Lutheran Church (15 miles)                                               
Start: Good Sheppard Lutheran Church
1402 University Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
End: Lake Sanoma
3333 Skaggs Springs Road
Geyersville, CA 95441

Saturday, April 23                                                                                                                
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Warrior Ride    
Bodega Bay, Campbell Cove (15 miles)     
Start: Bodega Bay, Campbell Cove
Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
End: Goat Rock State Park
State Park Rd
Jenner, CA 95450

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 since 2008 when President Bush called it "the most inspiring athletic event in the country," and most recently in April 2015 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
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.

Wounded Warrior Project staff give out instructions to participants at a 2015 Soldier Ride event in California.

 

Wounded veterans peddle through the city during a 2015 Soldier Ride event in California.

 

WWP Alumni pose for photos after taking part in a 2015 Soldier Ride event in California.

 

Wounded Warrior Project®

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SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

For further information: Mattison Brooks - Public Relations Specialist, Email: mbrooks@woundedwarriorproject.org, Phone: 904.451.5590