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ARTICLE Injured Veterans to Participate in Ride 2 Recovery Columbia Cyclefest at Lake Watree

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2011) – Ride 2 Recovery and UnitedHealthcare have announced the Columbia CycleFest, a one-day cycling event at Lake Watree to support injured veterans' rehabilitation.

More than 100 cyclists, including injured veterans riding hand cycles, recumbents and traditional street bikes, are expected to participate in the Oct. 1 ride that is also open to the public. Participants will have the option to ride 20, 57 or 65 miles around Lake Watree.

Cyclists will register at, then depart from, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia.

Ride 2 Recovery benefits military mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. Funds raised by events such as the CycleFest support the participation of veterans including the purchase of bikes, helmets and other equipment. Bikes are often custom-fitted to each rider's physical needs. UnitedHealthcare is the 2011 presenting sponsor of Ride 2 Recovery's cycling challenges across the United States and in France.

"The Ride 2 Recovery Cyclefest helps support important health programs for men and women who served our country, so we are honored to serve them through this sponsorship," said Garland Scott, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of The Carolinas. "This is a great opportunity to be part of an event that helps our injured soldiers and veterans as they work to rehabilitate themselves to the health and well-being they deserve."

Event details:

  • 7 a.m. – onsite registration begins
    • $40 – General public
    • $25 – Active military and veterans with proof of service
    • Free – Injured veterans
  • 8:30 a.m. – ride begins

Participants can register online. For more information about the Ride 2 Recovery Columbia CycleFest, visit the event Facebook page or contact Mike Thomas, Cross Creek Cycling Club in Fayetteville, at 910-723-4052.

About Ride 2 Recovery
Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c) 3, helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through individual and group cycling. Cycling has proven to be a catalyst in the recovery process by providing a new physical challenge while concurrently helping to cope with the psychological challenges.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.