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Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2011 5:30 am

Wounded Warrior Project’s 2011 Soldier Ride arrives in Phoenix Oct. 22. 

A cycling event to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, Soldier Ride also raises awareness for the nation’s wounded warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war and gives the public a chance to ride alongside and honor these men and women.

“We are so excited to bring Soldier Ride to the Phoenix community,” said Steve Nardizzi, executive director of Wounded Warrior Project. “Every person who rides beside them and every friendly face lining the streets makes a positive impact on the recovery of each and every one of our warriors.”

Soldier Ride Phoenix offers several options for ride length, so novice and advanced cyclists will both be able to ride at their own pace. The day will end with a barbecue, where all cyclists and warriors will have a chance to come together as a community. Each non-warrior cyclist is responsible for raising a minimum of $150 to support Wounded Warrior Project programs and services in addition to a $25 registration fee, and participants will receive an official Soldier Ride National Tour T-shirt.

The Phoenix business community also has an opportunity to ride with warriors during an Honor Ride Oct. 21. The Honor Ride is 25 miles and kicks off with a ceremonial public event, where each participating organization is recognized. The ride takes approximately three hours to complete and is an opportunity for more intimate interaction with the warriors. Each Honor Rider is responsible for raising a minimum of $2,000 to support Wounded Warrior Project and its mission to honor and empower wounded warriors.

Warriors of all ability levels participate in Soldier Ride, which takes place in 13 cities across the United States in 2011. There are state-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes and bicycles to accommodate warriors with various injuries and disabilities, as well as unmodified road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. WWP provides equipment and support at no cost to warriors.

To register to ride, get involved or donate to Soldier Ride, visit soldierride.org.

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