Crane Honor Ride set for May 19
The registration deadline to honor wounded warriors during the Third Annual Ride to Recovery Honor Ride Crane is Monday at midnight.
The Honor Ride will start at WestGate at Crane Technology Park Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m., with the opening ceremony including a Silent Drill Exhibition by Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Grand Marshalls Richard Pauls, Don Herther, James DeWitt and Paul Kennedy -- all Indiana residents who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 -- will be honored before the bicycle ride begins.
The public is encouraged to attend the opening ceremonies and entertainment to show support for the service members.
The Honor Ride Crane will cover approximately 62,000 acres of country roads, closed to traffic, to benefit injured veterans' physical and mental rehabilitation.
Cyclists will have a choice of 15, 30, 50 or 65-mile courses.
According to a press release sent by press chairman Julie Malone, proceeds collected through sponsor and cyclist fees will benefit the Ride 2 Recovery program.
Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit organization, provides help to veterans' health and wellness through individual and group cycling.
"Cycling is an important part of the recovery process because it is an activity almost all patients can participate in, and it speeds the rehabilitation process," according to the press release.
The funds will help in purchasing bikes, helmets and other equipment to help the wounded warriors stay on track with their training.
The press release notes bikes are often custom fitted for the physical needs of each wounded warrior.
UnitedHealthcare is the presenting sponsor for seven Ride 2 Recovery cycling challenges scheduled throughout the United States and Belgium.
Approximately 25 Wounded Warriors from the Warrior Transition Units at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox will be in attendance.
In 2011, 414 riders took place in the Honor Ride at Crane, with the total contribution amounting to $50,832. Organizers expect to see around 500 participate in this year's event.
"It always surprises me people think this is just for the professional riders. It's a great family thing. A parent could ride with their teenager," Malone stressed.
For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.honorridecrane.com.