“A Ride For Reclamation” US Vets Cycling 1,000 To Tampa For Charity!!
Through private sponsorship, A Ride For Reclamation (AR4R) is organizing a 1,000 mile cycling campaign consisting of US military veterans and outstanding volunteers. The cyclist are starting their journey at the historic Mount Vernon, VA. They are excited to continue cycling through VA, NC, GA, and FL along the way! The final destination will be in Tampa, FL on July 11th. The journey will raise money to help TeamRWB, whose mission “is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), which provides resources for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. USFirst.org “Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.” Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The campaign has established a donation website athttp://www.gofundme.com/ar4r2015. Director and founder Bill Murray states, “At a click of one button, we are giving people the ability to make donations to four phenomenal organizations and help change the world for the better for generations to come. It’s exciting to get the wheels moving and make a difference with every generous donation and mile we ride.”
The Team will be available for interviews/media to share their story, vision, and cause. Please contact AR4R Public Relations and Marketing Director, Alisha Feagin (email@example.com) to arrange media and/or further information on how you can support such an inspiring campaign.
AR4R Egghead Challenge!
So, as I sit here in The Courtyard by Marriott in Vienna, Va–I head off on another adventure. We’re riding from Washington, DC to Tampa, FL–what the hell am I thinking!
I know I haven’t trained enough and this trip in my humble opinion was put together haphazardly! This all started a couple weeks ago at The Air Force Classic, after the race we went for brunch, little did I know what this brunch would lead to. As we sat there watching the race (Criterium around Crystal City), we had fun, re-fueled and made new friends. Unbeknownst to me Bill was speaking with Marjorie about his plan to raise funds and ride to Tamp from Washington, DC–specifically depart from The Air Force Memorial. She quickly said that I would do it, she was halfway right. I ‘complain’ an ‘blame’ her for getting me into this but in all actuality nobody makes me do anything I don’t want to do, but it makes for a better story to say I was backed into it…LOL.
He explained his plan, I said ‘maybe’ outwardly to him, but in my head I was thinking ‘he’s fucking nuts!’ Seeing as the turn around time was supposed to be 6 days, originally we were supposed to leave on June 26, but cooler minds prevailed and we are leaving today. Now, we are riding at night which I am not crazy about, but I am here to pedal!
Here’s our route, pretty aggressive the first few days. The first day is in honor of Independence Day–get it 177.6, lol. We plan on leapfrogging that day and on the 3rd day, the other days we’ll both be on the road for all the miles.
A Ride For Reclamation Route Details:
Mckenney VA, via route 1 177.6 3-4 July
Washington, DC to Mckenney, VA
Mckenney, VA to Raleigh via US Route 1 – 114 July 4-5
Mckenney, Va to Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC to Columbia, SC – 220 miles July 5-6
Raleigh, NC to Columbia, SC
Drive to Atlanta – Rest in Atlanta 6-7 July
Atlanta to Robins AFB GA via US 19, US 3 and Maynard Mill Rd. 109 miles July 7-8
Atlanta, GA to Robins AFB
Robins AFB to Valdosta GA – 138 miles July 8-9
Robins AFB to Valdosta, GA
Valdosta, GA to Crystal River FL via US 98 – 159 miles 9-10
Valdosta, Ga to Crystal River, Fl
Crystal River FL to Tampa FL Macdill AFB via US 98 / US 19 – 106 miles 10-11 July
Crystal River, Fl to MacDill AFB, Tampa Bay
17.4 miles around tampa!
I m both scared and excited at the same time, does that make any sense? I guess that’s normal, but what’s normal now a day? Well, I will be blogging about our adventure so stay tuned.