March 25, 2014
Pactimo is excited to support and join forces with Ride 2 Recovery (R2R), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to support mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country’s wounded veterans and healing heroes.
Held in partnership with the Fitness Challenge Foundation, the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office, R2R offers cycling programs at military and VA locations around the U.S. to help healing heroes overcome obstacles they face.
Cycling is important part of the recovery process because it’s an activity that everyone can do, no matter the disability and cycling helps speed up the recovery process.
Ride 2 Recovery now boasts four main programs:
Challenges are multi-day events that cover 350-450 miles. A Challenge will push the participant to their limit, both physically and mentally. Paid participation in a full Challenge ride helps support the free participation of our injured veterans and healing heroes and includes meals, lodging and a jersey. You may also participate in any single day of a Challenge event.
Honor Rides are one-day events held around the country to raise money and promote awareness for the Ride 2 Recovery program.
Project HERO was created to enhance, inspire, and challenge Healing Heroes’ rehabilitation by introducing them to Ride 2 Recovery which allows each person to set individual goals while working in a group. R2R will partner with the local facility staff and cadre to create a personalized and progressive cycling program that fits the needs of the patient population and will promote a fuller and quicker rehabilitation.
Special Events are meant to provide a rehabilitative experience for Healing Heroes that is similar to Ride 2 Recovery’s Challenge Series but in a unique location with different and distinctive activities. Generally, these events require advanced fitness and abilities compared to the Challenge Series.
2014 Ride 2 Recovery Challenges
March 22 – 29, 2014 – Houston – Fort Worth, TX
April 26 – May 3, 2014 – Cincinnati, OH – Nashville, TN
May 25 – June 1, 2014 – Washington D.C. – Virginia Beach, VA
July 17 – 28, 2014 – Normandy, FR
Sept. 6 – 13, 2014 – Boston to Fort Lee, NJ
Oct. 4 – 11, 2014 – Palo Alto – Santa Monica, CA
The Ride 2 Recovery Story
Ride 2 Recovery started in 2008 with a telephone call from a recreational therapist with the VA to John Wordin. This therapist thought cycling would be an alternative therapy to PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) as well as physical injury rehabilitation and thought John was the person to create the program they had in mind.
The first Ride 2 Recovery Challenge event was held with fourteen riders and no additional staff. By 2010, R2R held six Challenges across the US with an average of 170 participants per ride: the Texas Challenge – from San Antonio to Dallas; the Memorial Challenge – from Washington DC to Virginia Beach; the Rocky Mountain Challenge – from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Colorado Springs; The Great Lakes Challenge – from Minneapolis to Milwaukee; the Golden State Challenge – from San Francisco to Los Angeles; and the Florida Challenge – from Tampa to Jacksonville.
In 2011, R2R was up to seven Challenges per year (Texas, Memorial, Florida, Golden State, Great Lakes, and the 9/11 American Challenge which began in the shadows of Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and rode through Shanksville, PA, finishing at the Pentagon). The seventh Challenge of 2011 introduced our first Challenge in Europe, The Normandy Challenge, which traced the steps of D-Day and subsequent battles.
In 2012, R2R took 147 riders through Belgium and Luxembourg to ride the Battle of the Bulge Challenge in addition to Texas, Memorial, and Golden State, added the new Gulf Coast Challenge – New Orleans to Tallahassee; the new Minuteman Challenge – Boston to New York; and the new Bluegrass Challenge – Cincinnati to Nashville. Challenges are limited to 200 participants.
Today R2R Challenges not only sell out early, but have lengthy waiting lists.
Pactimo Supports Ride 2 Recovery
“Pactimo has a long history supporting a variety of non-profit programs,” said Pactimo CEO, Frank Kim. “We are especially honored to partner with an organization like Ride 2 Recovery, which is dedicated to supporting our country’s veterans and helping them overcome obstacles they face.”
Pactimo has been selected as the official custom cycling clothing sponsor for Ride 2 Recovery.
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