More than 200 injured veterans will ride from Lexington, Mass. to Philadelphia next weekend as part of a 425-mile cycling challenge.
The Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge kicks off in Lexington on Sunday, Sept. 8 and ends in Philadelphia the following Saturday. Cyclists will pass through Hartford and Danbury along the way.
The ride is designed to help injured active duty and retired military members “get back into the game of life” after returning home, according to program president and founder John Wordin.
Ride 2 Recovery promotes physical and psychological rehabilitation through cycling.
“Cycling is a powerful therapeutic exercise that they can do alone or in groups for the rest of their lives,” Wordin said in a release from UnitedHealthcare, which sponsors the event.
Participating veterans will ride hand cycles, recumbent bicycles, tandems and road bikes. They’ll arrive in Hartford on Monday, Sept. 9 and stop in Danbury on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will head to Hartford to cheer on the cyclists, who are expected to cross the Founder's Bridge around 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the Ride 2 Recovery website.