Local veterans show support for Warrior Ride cycling event

Local veterans show support for Warrior Ride cycling event

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - The Warrior Ride made a stop here in the Grand Strand this week. The non-profit helps rehabilitate wounded veterans by allowing them to participate in bicycle events across the nation.

The Warrior Ride started started with veteran, Bob Racine, who wanted to help other vets. Racine spent 12 years as a Marine and 12 years as an army officer.

The organization grew from six to seven soldiers in 2007, currently there are groups of about 40 to 50 soldiers.

For the month of March, the group is on the Carolina's Tour cycling tour, they made one of their first stops in Murrells Inlet, where local veterans gathered at the Veterans gathered to show their support for the group at American  Legion Post 178.

"Our function is to assist every service member that we can, make contact with and invite them to come ride with us on our cycling event," said Racine.

The Warrior Ride is a non-profit organization founded in the State of North Carolina with a mission to facilitate rehabilitation of mind, body and spirit of our wounded war heroes by implementing challenging adaptive bicycling events throughout the United States. During the multi-day cycling events our nation's wounded warriors are able to take pride in the skills they have, and redefine their capabilities through accomplishment in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support. "The Warrior Ride" uses adaptive bicycling as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation

Racine said the project is making a difference in the lives of our warrior heroes. He added, "Some of the statements we hear, if I can do this I can do anything; and when can I do it again, or after three and half days I don't want to go home yet, its not over for me."

The Warrior Ride Vision is to provide our nation's wounded warriors the opportunity to find their own starting line for a new future and to bring community support and awareness of their sacrifice. There is no cost to our warriors to participate in The Warrior Ride adaptive bicycling events. All expenses are paid through donations and grants.

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