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The Warrior Ride rolls through the Grand Strand

Murrells Inlet, S.C. (WMBF) -Some people cycle for pleasure, Bob Racine cycles for a purpose.

"I'm a three tour Vietnam vet,"said Racine, Founder of Warrior Ride. "I made a promise if we ever have another war or conflict that I would do something special to honor or to help our injured service members and we decided to do adaptive cycling."
 
Since Racine founded the non-profit organization in 2009, He and wife Debra have been organizing 30 mile rides along the east coast for people wounded in war. Though they all may have served in different branches at different times, Racine says there is still a sense of camaraderie among the riders.
 
"We do everything together,"said Racine. "We only ride as fast as the slowest rider. One stops, we all stop."
 
According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, an estimated 22 veterans committed suicide each day in 2010, and Racine says the Warrior Ride aims to lower that number one ride at a time.
 
"We have helped 15-20 who were planning on taking their lives and today they are riding bicycles with us."
 
On average, The Warrior Rides see 60-70 participants and the trek can be intense but Racine says that doesn't stop riders from coming back year after year.
 
"By the time they finish a three and a half day event with us, they've done 90-120 miles and they want to come back and do it again."
 

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