U.S. Army in Europe, partner nations to participate in Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, Aug. 4

July 26, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

Bilateral amputee and retired Army Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins, director of Warriors Speak, and retired Marine Staff Sgt. Mason Poe lead a group of participants across the finish line of the 18-mile ride during the 2011 Soldier Ride at Lake Bostalsee, Germany. (Photo by Charles M. Belluomo, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Service members from the U.S. Army in Europe and partner nations, along with local community members, interested in supporting injured service members are invited to participate in Wounded Warrior Project’s community ride at Lake Bostalsee, Nohfelden, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 4.

The community ride is the culmination of the four-day WWP Soldier Ride event in which Wounded Warriors from the European theater participate in  rides that allow them to continue to rebuild their confidence and strength in a supportive environment. It also provides Wounded Warriors the opportunity to promote their positive message of recovery while encouraging community members to ride alongside, support from the route sidelines or volunteer to assist with the event.

The Soldier Ride in Germany, a WWP program, is supported by European Regional Medical Command’s Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe and aims to provide rehabilitative cycling opportunities to help our newest generation of Wounded Warriors, from the U.S. and partner nations, restore their physical and emotional well-being.

Lake Bostalsee is approximately 20 miles from Baumholder, Germany. Registration and packet pick-up opens at 8 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.  The ride begins at 9:30 with a choice of a five-mile or 15-mile route, followed by a closing ceremony and a community picnic.

Event coordinators are asking community members to register online in order for to determine the size of the crowd, but there is no charge to participate in the event

Media interested in covering this year’s community ride, or the four-day Soldier Ride, please contact Wounded Warrior Project’s Public Relations Director Leslie Coleman at 904-654-8138

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