Injured Veterans to Ride 325 Miles from Wyoming to Colorado
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (July 26, 2010) - More than 100 injured veterans will set off on Saturday, July 31, on the Ride 2 Recovery Rocky Mountain Challenge sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, a six-day, 325-mile ride from Cheyenne to Fort Carson, Colo.
The Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Rocky Mountain Challenge raises funds for R2R indoor Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at military and Veterans Affairs locations around the United States, aiding injured veterans' rehabilitation and recovery efforts.
The bicycle ride will begin Saturday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. with the riders leading the parade at Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, and ending Thursday, Aug. 5, at Fort Carson. The ride will cross some of the best cycling roads in the United States, including the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs and Fort Carson's Iron Horse Park.
"Ride 2 Recovery Rocky Mountain Challenge helps support important health programs for men and women who served our country, so we are honored to be able to serve them through this sponsorship," said Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado. "Exercise and rehabilitation services are critically important to help injured veterans live healthy lifestyles."
The United Service Organizations (USO) will support the daily rest stops with the USO Canteen. The American Legion Riders will provide a motorcycle escort during the event, and the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary will sponsor dinners and community events during the ride.Â Other highlights along the route include welcome parades and community events sponsored by the USO and the American Legion Family.
Notable participants and speakers include: Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter; business leader Pete Coors; Lt. Col. Patricia Collins; retired Sgt. 1st Class Georg-Andreas Pogany of Denver; Ride 2 Recovery spokesman Nathan Hunt; and actor Mike Vogel ("Miami Medical," "Cloverfield").
Schools, community groups and the public are encouraged to gather along the daily routes to recognize the sacrifices of all veterans and support the riders. The event ride guide is available online at http://www.ride2recovery.com/images/stories/RMC%20Ride%20Guide%202010.pdf.
To find out more or to sign up for an upcoming ride, visit www.ride2recovery.com.
Ride 2 Recovery improves the health and wellness of injured veterans through cycling. Cycling is an important part of the recovery process because it is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate, and it helps to speed up the rehabilitation process.
UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 600,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.