SAN DIEGO -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride will arrive in San Diego on March 19 for a four-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings injured veterans from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
The wheels are set in motion with a bike fitting where injured service members are fit with adaptive equipment on March 19 at Hilton Harbor Island. During the three-day event, Wounded Warrior Project provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to injured service members at no cost, including adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment.
The following day, the group of nearly 50 veterans will depart from Tidelands Park in Coronado for a 20-mile ride. That afternoon they head to Bonita Bay to go paddle boarding and kayaking. On Saturday, March 21, the 12-mile ride takes place in the hills of Chula Vista at Salt Creek Community Park. That evening the FDNY firefighters of San Diego will host the group at National City Firehouse for dinner and a viewing of the film “Welcome to Soldier Ride” that documents how this inspirational event began.
“I first heard about WWP four years ago when I was facing troublesome times,” said Army veteran John Palmer of Los Angeles, Calif., who currently runs a security business that hires veterans. “While I am still on my journey to recovery, I am now able to give back to veterans entering the civilian workforce. During Soldier Ride, I’m looking forward to meeting other service men and women who share my experiences and to get on a bike and get active.”
Soldier Ride staff carefully plan each route, and engage the local community and law enforcement for support.
Soldier Ride is also being supported across the country by U-HAUL, a founding partner of Soldier Ride, and TREK, both proud supporters of WWP.