Injured Veterans to Participate in Ride 2 Recovery's CycleFest at Historic Natchez Trace Parkway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2011) Ride 2 Recovery and UnitedHealthcare have announced the Natchez Trace Cyclefest, a one-day cycling event at historic Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, Tenn., to support injured veterans' rehabilitation.
Hundreds of veterans wounded during service are expected to participate in the Saturday, April 9, ride that is also open to the public. Participants will have the option to ride a 14-, 36- or 62-mile route along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The ride will begin and end at the Garrison Creek Pavilion. Registration will be held from 7 to 8:45 a.m., or register online. The start times for the ride will be staggered: 8:30 a.m. for the 62-mile ride, 9 a.m. for the 36-mile ride and 9:30 a.m. for the 14-mile ride. Cyclists are welcome to participate, and the public is encouraged to gather along the route to support the injured veterans.
Ride 2 Recovery, in partnership with the Military and Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service offices, 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 the physical needs of each rider. UnitedHealthcare is the 2011 presenting sponsor of Ride 2 Recovery's cycling challenges scheduled across the United States and in France.
"We encourage individuals, families and cycling groups to join us for a great ride on a great course," said Byron Taylor, Ride 2 Recovery event organizer. "This is a fantastic way to give back to the women and men of our armed services while enjoying a healthy outdoor activity."
"UnitedHealthcare is honored to support the rehabilitation of our injured veterans who have risked their lives in defense of our nation," said Greg Reidy, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee. "I look forward to riding this beautiful course with men and women who have sacrificed for our country."
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 mental challenges.
UnitedHealthcare 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 650,000 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.