“Wounded Warrior Project has 19 projects for Wounded Warrior alumni who are typically wounded veterans across the country. ... What Soldier Ride does is ... it’s a national cycling event across the country in the summer and into October this year,” Amara Betoney, public relations specialist for The Meridian Group, said of the event. “... It’s just kind of an event to bring warriors together and focus on camaraderie as well as get them on a bike to get them on their start to physical healing as well.”
She continued, “Soldier Ride is usually one of the first events that Wounded Warriors will participate in. It’s an entry-level event and they usually don’t cycle any more than 15 to 20 miles and they only go as fast as the slowest person. ...
“This is kind of a program that takes the holistic approach — it takes the physical, the emotional and a combination of all of the little pieces for an event that’s just really inspirational. They have the full weekend together and we usually find that the Warriors leave completely rejuvenated and happy to [have been] there.”
Betoney said the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride team heard about biking through Cass from a local cycling group who drove through the area while searching for routes.
“The route follows along mostly back roads. The best way to show support for the Warriors is to cheer them on as they might be passing their homes or create motivational signs to put along the roads,” Betoney said. “They will be taking a left out of the parking lot and a left onto Cass White Road. They’ll get on Old Tennessee Highway northeast for Sosepee Cycling Park where they will stop for water — this is also a great place to cheer them on — and head back to the school.”
The ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school, 1000 Colonel Way in White, and the ride will end at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.