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Ride 2 Recovery, a groundbreaking Veterans program started in 2008, saves lives by restoring hope and purpose.
      Providing a way FOR life
      Vets helping Vets
      It’s not a handout, It’s hard work
      Serving over 10,000 Veterans
      Founded on Cycling based programs
      Expert Staff
      We Care


PROGRAMS

Ride 2 Recovery now boasts five main programs – Project HERO, Challenges, Honor Ride, Special Events and Initiatives
 
PROJECT HERO 
Community and Military based recovery and rehabilitation programs that bring the benefits of R2R to more Veterans with one important goal: More riders riding more often.  
 
CHALLENGES
Multi day program events with 200 healing heroes. It is the goal of every Project HERO rider to ride and complete a Challenge ride.
 
HONOR RIDE 
Community events geared towards raising awareness and funding for the R2R Program and connecting Veterans with riders in the local community. Great opportunity for sponsor and donor engagement.
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
Programs geared towards off road, racing, and other non-Challenge riding programs for the healing heroes to reach a goal beyond their original expectation.
 
INITIATIVES
Initiative programs are specifically geared to a subset of the R2R heroes and their issues. Programs for Male and Female Sexual Assault Survivors are the primary Initiatives.
 
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Major General Margaret H. Woodward
Commander, Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response , (ret.) 
                                   
John Wordin
Founder and President,  Ride 2 Recovery
Peter Z. Horvath
Scott Brown
Dennis A. Muilenburg
CEO, The Boeing Company
Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho
Army Surgeon General, US Army (ret.)
John West
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Ride 2 Recovery
Former VP Sales and Marketing, Comcast/Vs Network
 
Dan L. Ohman
CEO, Central Region, UnitedHealthcare
Rear Admiral Alton “Mike” Stocks, (ret.)
Executive Medical Director, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young
U.S. Navy Medical Corps
 
Brett Torino
CEO, Torino Developm
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMPANY HISTORY 

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. Now, each one sells out early and has a lengthy waiting list, attesting to the power of the Ride 2 Recovery program.

 




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About Challenges

Beaches to Peaches

March 5 - 12, 2017 - Jacksonville, FL - Atlanta, GA

The Challenge Series is an incredible event that brings together injured veterans, active military and public supporters in a multi-day journey that covers hundreds of miles and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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The Honor Rides Series raises awareness and is the funding arm for Ride 2 Recovery and gives the public the opportunity to ride with healing heroes and enlisted military on a non-competitive, fun ride. Close to 20 Honor Rides will take place throughout the year, with varying distances from 10 to 100 miles. All funds raised through the Honor Ride Series support Project Hero programs throughout the US.

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Ride 2 Recovery’s Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) Provides training and support for community based programs. Begun in November 2010 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Project HERO has proven the effectiveness of group riding in the rehabilitation and recovery of injured servicemembers.

About Special Events

Vegas Mountain Bike Ride 2017

Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Special Events are meant to provide a rehabilitative experience for Healing Heroes that is similar to the 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.

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Cyclist Stories

Delvin McMillian

Delvin McMillian had one question for the Ride 2 Recovery team, “how can I join the ride?” UnitedHealthcare employee, Walter Chwalik, told Delvin about Ride 2 Recovery and showed pictures from his ride in Florida. Our question at R2R was “how can we make a bike that will allow Delvin to ride independently?
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