Injured Veterans to Cycle 460 Miles for the UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge

  • Veterans to ride hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and
    traditional road bikes through Manhattan, Princeton, Philadelphia,
    Wilmington and Baltimore
  • The week-long Challenge will conclude in Annapolis Friday, Oct. 2
  • Communities encouraged to gather along the daily routes to
    support and cheer riders

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nearly 200 injured veterans and their supporters will take part in the
UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge, one of six Ride 2 Recovery cycling
challenges sponsored by UnitedHealthcare this year.

The UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge begins Saturday, Sept. 26, at
Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. After a tour and dinner at West Point on Sept.
26, riders will return to New Jersey. They will cycle from Fort Lee,
N.J., to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan on Sept. 27. Their
rehabilitative ride down the east coast will begin Monday, Sept. 28,
with overnight stops in Princeton, Philadelphia, Wilmington and
Baltimore. The Challenge will end in Annapolis, Md., on Friday, Oct. 2.
To see daily stops and events along the route, visit

“The UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge helps support important health
programs for men and women who served our country, and we are honored to
serve them through this sponsorship,” said William Golden, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare’s northeast region. “Exercise and rehabilitation
services are critically important to injured veterans working toward a
return to the health and well-being they richly deserve.”

This is the sixth year that UnitedHealthcare will serve as Ride 2
Recovery’s presenting sponsor, providing financial, in-kind and
volunteer support to assist in the rehabilitation of America’s injured
veterans. This year, UnitedHealthcare is the presenting sponsor of six
Ride 2 Recovery cycling challenges scheduled across the United States
and in Germany.

Nathan DeWalt is a medically retired U.S. Navy veteran from York, Pa. In
2008, while training to be a Navy SEAL and awaiting deployment to
Afghanistan, he was paralyzed from the waist down when struck by a taxi
as he was returning to base on his motorcycle. The accident led DeWalt
to Ride 2 Recovery, and he has participated in more than 30 Challenge

“The Ride 2 Recovery Challenge series has changed my life in ways people
cannot begin to understand,” he said. “For me, riding with other
veterans helps me feel like I am giving back to an amazing program that
has given me so much.”

The riders share many common bonds, and some say the level of catharsis
offered by the Ride 2 Recovery Challenges is unparalleled.

“In the UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series, about 70 percent of the
participating injured veterans come through our Project HERO program,”
said John Wordin, president and founder, Ride 2 Recovery. “There are 60
Project HERO programs at military bases and VA facilities across the
country. Our goal is to establish 30 regional community Project HERO
programs across the country that would provide a full spectrum of
transitional, reintegration, recovery and rehabilitative services.”

About Ride 2 Recovery
Ride 2
Recovery is a groundbreaking Veterans program that restores hope and
purpose, providing a way FOR life with Vets helping Vets. Their
participation provides hope, renewed life and a sense of camaraderie.
The organization provides impactful and life-changing experiences
through cycling that have proven to improve the mental and physical
health and wellness of our veterans. The programs provided by Ride 2
Recovery, a 501(c) 3, are supported by contributions from individuals,
foundations and corporations. For more information, please go to our

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