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Cheering On 'Ride 2 Recovery' [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - More than 200 wounded veterans arrived in Tallahassee this afternoon on bicycles.

The some 440 mile ride from Louisiana to the Capital City is more than a bicycle ride.

"USA! USA! USA!"

Military veterans were greeted by the smallest of patriots on Friday. Elementary school students at Ft. Braden in Leon County cheered as about 200 bike riders rolled into town.

The veterans are with "Ride 2 Recovery." It's an organization that helps wounded veterans rehabilitate physically and emotionally, primarily through cycling.

Reese Washington was injured in Iraq, received the purple heart, then served two more deployments in Afghanistan.

He says, "It gives me personally a release, at least an outlet to be able to do something different than hang out in the barracks with the guys that I see every day."

"Ride 2 Recovery" travels across the country every year to raise money and awareness.

This group started in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday and made it to Ft. Braden Friday afternoon.

Heather Curry is one of the riders. She says, "It's inspiring. it's a great challenge for these soldiers and very motivational."

Employees with the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the school district stood along Pensacola Street to cheer the cyclists on as they rode by.

The group's 440-mile journey ended at the "Unconquered Statue" at FSU.

While at Ft. Braden School, students and staff presented "Ride to Recovery" with a check for more than $4,000 that they raised.

For more information about Ride 2 Recovery, visit http://ride2recovery.com/main.html#1.


Tallahassee, FL - A group of about 200 military veterans began biking Sunday from Louisiana to Florida to raise awareness and money for wounded veterans. They're calling the trip the 'Ride 2 Recovery'.

Staff and students at Ft. Braden Elementary, and military service men and women came out this afternoon to give the group a huge greeting and present a check for 4,067.69 that the school has raised for Ride 2 Recovery.

The riders will end the 440 mile trip at the 'Unconquered' statute at FSU.


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