With every mile that goes by as they ride from Hasbrouck Heights through Watchung and Princeton and on to Pennsylvania, 200 injured veterans will be a little closer to recovery.
From September 27 – October 3, these brave riders will be participating in the UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge, a 460-mile journey through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge is one of six cycling challenges UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring this year nationwide with nonprofit organization Ride 2 Recovery.
Ride 2 Recovery is a groundbreaking program that uses the physical and mental challenge of long-distance cycling to help improve veterans’ physical health and psychological wellness. The program helps veterans find bicycles that fit their physical needs – including traditional bikes, recumbent bikes, hand cycles, tandems or custom modified cycles – to build up strength and endurance, culminating in the long challenge rides. Veterans who participate in the program report that the rides give them a renewed sense of purpose, hope and camaraderie.
|Students from Valley View School greeted veterans enthusiastically as they rolled into Watchung|
|On September 29, Ride 2 Recovery celebrated Women's Day to honor the women who have served in the military|
|UnitedHealthcare volunteers, USO employees and I greeted riders with lunch as they cycled into Watchung, NJ on September 28|
We hope many of you will join us along the road in New Jersey to cheer on our veterans!