Event Registration: Great Lakes Challenge
Aug. 23 - 30, 2013

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The Event will begin in Chicago and finish in Detroit, Michigan. Ride for one day or all the way.  The ride will be limited to 200 participants with a minimum $3000 donation. (Wounded Warriors ride FREE)  Your $75 registration fee is applied to your fundraising goal. All injured veterans ride for free. There is an active duty Military or VA employee discount. The riders will receive a Ride 2 Recovery jersey, socks, and T-shirt. The donation will also include hotel housing, limited rider support, luggage transportation (70lbs max), daily route guides, marked course, rest stops, snacks, meals. There may also be nighttime entertainment on selected evenings.

All riders MUST register online. Participation is by invitation only and your online registration does not guarantee you a slot. If you participate in a Project HERO Program, please contact your local Project HERO Representative to let them know you are registered. For all other Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Veterans (Healing Heroes), please contact your Regional Managers, West Region-Tommy Muir and East Region-Mike King.

This ride is rated Category "D" (not as difficult)

Invitational criteria may be based on one or more of the following:

1. Category (difficulty) of the ride

2. Participant's ability to successfully complete the ride
3. Participant's past history on R2R Challenges

4. Participation in Project Hero or Strava

5. Fundraising

Ride Guide Click HERE (updated 8/21/2013)

If you cannot join us for the whole ride, but would like to join us for ANY One Day during the tour, see details below.

New!! One Day Rider Packages:
$75 - Standard OneDay Rider Package: includes event t-shirt, mechanical support, hydration / snacks

$200 - DELUXE Rider package:  same as above, also includes a R2R Goodie Bag which includes a water bottle, R2R socks, and limited edition R2R event jersey

$450 - OVERNIGHT Deluxe Rider package (based on availability): same as Deluxe Ride package, and also includes hotel stay at host hotel the night before the ride (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, based on availability) and dinner with the injured veterans and priority access to all nightly events.

$600 - OVERNIGHT Deluxe Rider Package with TRANSPORTATION (based on availability): same as Overnight Deluxe Rider Package and also includes transportation back to the ride start.

If you are interested in one of these Deluxe Rider Packages, please contact Juan Carlos Hernandez at juancarlos@ride2recovery.com

Ride Schedule:   

Friday, Aug. 23 – Event Registration and Kick-off dinner
Saturday, Aug. 24 - Chicago to Michigan City
Sunday, Aug. 25 - Michigan City to South Haven
Monday, Aug. 26 - South Haven to Grand Rapids
Tuesday, Aug. 27  - Grand Rapids to East Lansing
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – East Lansing to Novi
Thursday,  Aug. 29 – Novi to Detroit
Friday, Aug. 30 - Depart Home

To sponsor a rider, please visit the Donate page. 

If you are have already registered, be sure to visit your Rider Page for Fundraising tips, other useful tools and to see your fundraising totals.








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“When I ride my bike, I feel relaxed. Free. It’s as if nothing else in the world mattered,” says Juan Carlos Hernandez, a retired E-4/Specialist, Chinook Gunner Crewman, U.S. Army. “It helps keep my mind clear and focused. Riding my bicycle has dramatically helped me with my walking and my quick recovery; it has not only helped me physically but also mentally.”