Ride for wounded veterans bike route goes through Md., Va.
The Frederick (Md.) News-Post
More than 45 cyclists will arrive in Frederick, Md., on Saturday after leaving the Naval Academy in Annapolis on a two-day, 155-mile that ends Sunday in Bluemont, Va.
The Two-Day Undefeated Ride raises funds and awareness for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation. The goal is to raise $75,000.
The foundation supports wounded bomb tech specialists and the families of wounded and fallen EOD veterans from all branches of the military. The riders include active-duty service members and veterans.
“This is a very personal ride for some of the riders who have friends and comrades who have been wounded or died in their service to our country,” said Nicole Motsek, the foundation's executive director.
EOD technicians are responsible for disarming and disassembling bombs or improvised explosive devices, and their job is considered one of the most dangerous in the military, Motsek said.
“They knowingly walk into danger all the time," Motsek said, "and their injuries are often life-changing and catastrophic.”
These injuries include loss of limbs, burns, paralysis, blindness, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, she said.
“A lot of times, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress are invisible injuries,” Motsek said. “They’re really struggling because of what they went through and require long-term care, and the (foundation) is committed to providing that support.”
The nonprofit EOD Warrior Foundation helps with services that the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies cannot provide, including financial assistance, morale-boosting events, peer-to-peer support and educational programs.
Riders from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas and California will arrive between noon and 2 p.m. today at the Hampton Inn on Buckeystown Pike.
They will depart at 7:30 a.m. Sunday for Gathland State Park before making their way to Harpers Ferry and the final portion of the ride to Bluemont, where they will be met by family, friends and supporters for a celebration at a rural retreat center for wounded veterans.
“We encourage the Frederick community to come out and support our riders or donate online,” Motsek said.
Donations may be made at www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.