Two Wounded Warrior Project(r) (WWP) events will take place in the Nashville & Franklin areas in November. From November 14-16 Soldier Ride presented by GEICO will arrive in Nashville for a three-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings Wounded Warriors from the region and across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing. Events include a bike fitting where warriors are fit with adaptive equipment, two days of rides through Nashville and Franklin and other challenging activities including an afternoon of rock climbing.
On Nov. 16, Soldier Ride comes together for its final day with the WWP 8K Run in Franklin presented by USAA. There will also be a 1K Fun Run for children 12 and under. Runners will line the streets at Battleground Academy to honor those cycling in Soldier Ride then begin the WWP 8K Run. Each participant will experience camaraderie and team spirit as they raise money and awareness for the issues these warriors face. The proceeds of the WWP 8K Run directly benefits the many free programs WWP offers Wounded Warriors, like Soldier Ride, which are uniquely structured to help create the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
For some veterans, WWP programs, like Soldier Ride and the WWP 8K Run, provide life-changing experiences. "Soldier Ride possibly saved my life," said Sergeant Michael Manning, who is preparing to take to the streets of Nashville for his fourth Soldier Ride. It got me out of the house and gave me the confidence to know that I can still do things. This is a great way to show support of our men and women in uniform."
During Soldier Ride, WWP provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to Wounded Warriors at no cost, which includes adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment. The WWP staff carefully plans each route, and engages the local community and law enforcement for support. On Friday, November 15, Soldier Ride will begin at Natchez Trace Parkway in Garrison Creek and will end at the Water Valley Community Center in Williamsport. The following day, both the ride and the WWP 8K Run will begin and end at Battleground Academy in Franklin.
All runners registered for the WWP 8K Run must raise a minimum of $99, but are encouraged to get creative and fundraise beyond the individual minimum. Participants are also encouraged to join or create a team to experience firsthand the rewards of teamwork and to help support each other in fundraising efforts. Every dollar raised helps to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of Wounded Warriors in our nation's history. Participants who fundraise $500 or more at least one week before their registered event will receive a special thank you gift from WWP. To register or learn more about sponsoring a run, visit wwp8kruns.org.