Ride2Recovery: Gulf Coast Challenge Day 6

Day 6 Panama City to Tallahassee

The last day of any Challenge is bittersweet. You have spent a week riding with and making great friendships, you are happy to have completed a mental and physical challenge, and you are headed home and have to say goodbye.

The Gulf Coast Challenge is the first of the United Healthcare Challenge series and Tom Moore, local markets CEO’s David Lewis, and Glenn Golemi and their staff have been riding with us all week. Tom has spent the last few months working with their UHC clients and vendors along the route to come out and cheer on the riders. Each day, the route is lined with businesses, schools, and government employees.

Today, we had a stop at the Ft. Braden School just 15 miles from the finish. The school stop was a highlight last year as the whole school turns out to cheer on the riders. This year, they had something very special planned for the R2R warriors. They had mobilized the whole community with a community service project to raise money for Ride 2 Recovery. They sold flags, posters, and popcorn during the month of February. When we arrived, they presented a check for $4,067.89. The enthusiasm of the teachers and administration in support of their students was heartwarming.

The ride finished with a visit to FSU stadium and finally the finish near the capitol.

Next up for R2R is the 5th annual Texas Challenge presented by Heritage Bag Company April 8 – 14 including the 2nd annual Clay Hunt Honor Ride. It will be the 30th Challenge in the history of R2R. Heritage comes aboard as a new major sponsor and we look forward to their great support in Texas and beyond.

Ride 2 Recovery is a program produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation, a 501(c)3 to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The funds raised by R2R support outdoor cycling programs and Spinning Recovery Labs at Military and VA locations around the U.S., as well as local rides for healing heroes, all aimed at helping injured veterans overcome obstacles they face as part of their rehabilitation. Funds also support the equipment donated to each healing hero participating in the events, including bikes that require modification due to injuries. Ride 2 Recovery supporters include UnitedHealthcare, Chevrolet, Raleigh Bicycles, United Airlines and the USO. For more information, visit ride2recovery.com.

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