Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) took on Germany in a Soldier Ride on Saturday, August 4. The international event was an opportunity for Wounded Warriors to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental or emotional wounds.
There was a great turnout for the event including 30 members of Coalition Forces from Latvia, Romania, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. Plus, close to 500 members of the community came out to volunteer or ride with the warriors in Bostalsee.
The 4-mile and 18-mile rides had participants biking through Germany thanks to WWP who provided state-of-the-art equipment and support at no cost to the warriors with various injuries and disabilities.
Brian Kolfage, a U.S. vet from the War in Iraq and triple amputee traveled to Germany to speak to the troops before the event began.
Over the past few years, Soldier Ride has picked up traction, popularity and recognition.
Soldier Ride began in 2004 when civilian Chris Carney completed a coast-to-coast bicycle ride in support of Wounded Warrior Project.
In 2007, it went regional with seven rides across the country. Riders have also been welcomed into the White House by both President Bush and President Obama.
These rides raise awareness for our nation's Wounded Warrior's, battling the physical and psychological damages of war. Meanwhile, it gives the public a chance to honor these men and women.
The event also takes place in 11 cities across the United States in 2012. Soldier Ride, presented by GEICO, is also being supported across the country by U-HAUL, a founding partner of Wounded Warrior Project.
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