2011-09-08 / Front Page

9/11 Challenge Bikers To Lunch At American Legion September 15

Community asked to show its support
STAFF REPORT

More than 350 injured veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and support personnel biking west to lay a wreath at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville will stop at the America Legion in McConnellsburg for lunch on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The bikers are taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery 9/11 Challenge ride to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Participants will also include survivors, family members, and first responders from 9-/1 and the general public.

The eight-day, 530-mile ride begins on Sept. 11 from Liberty State Park in view of the World Trade Center site and heads west to the United 93 Memorial. From there, the bikers will ride to the finish at the Pentagon Memorial. Along the way, they will cross the Delaware River at Washington’s Crossing, stop in Philadelphia, ride through Valley Forge and Gettysburg, passing through Greencastle and Mercersburg before arriving in Mc- Connellsburg for lunch.

Ride 2 Recovery challenge events are produced by the Fitness Challenge Program in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office. The Fitness Challenge Program is designed to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for the country’s wounded veterans that feature cycling as the core activity.

According to the Ride 2 Recovery organization, cycling helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through individual and group cycling. Cycling has proven to be a catalyst in wounded veterans’ recovery process by providing a new physical challenge while concurrently helping to cope with the mental challenges. Challenge rides are multiday events, though riders can participate for a single day. Riders use specially modified cycles that are customized to meet their needs

The 9/11 Challenge cyclists are also riding to raise money and awareness to suupport spinning recovery labs and outdoor cycling programs across the United States that are used to help injured veterans overcome the obstacles they face.

According to a McConnellsburg Legion spokesperson, the bikers will arrive here next Thursday at 11 a.m. The American Legion asks the community support the bikers by lining their route through town and cheering them as they pass by.

In addition to the American Legion family, supporters of the Ride 2 Recovery 9/11 Challenge include United Healthcare and the USO.

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