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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 30 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

George Porter Jr. Trio

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring George… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 30 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 30 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 30 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 30 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ride to Recovery 2013 Gulf Coast Challenge to Kickoff in New Orleans

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Ann Wills, Keating Magee,
Mobile: 504-494-3810 | Office: 504-299-7168
awills@keatingmagee.com
Debora M. Spano,
Spano Public Relations,
Mobile: 401-258-3081
dspano@spanopr.com

 Ride to Recovery 2013 Gulf Coast Challenge to Kickoff in New Orleans
Challenge to Kickoff March 3 in New Orleans, LA and end March 8 in Tallahassee, FL

On Sunday, March 3, more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters will begin a 375-mile trek from New Orleans, LA to Tallahassee, FL in the second UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Gulf Coast Challenge.

Leading the cyclists from the start at the Superdome will be retired Saints Safety Steve Gleason riding a specially built recumbent tandem, affectionately known as The Big Easy. Active duty and retired military members will ride road bikes, hand cycles, recumbents and tandems - many of which have been modified to accommodate injuries. As the riders roll along the Gulf Coast, they will be joined and cheered-on by local politicians, celebrities, school children, businesses, veterans and interested citizens.

I would like to invite you to ride with us for a day or two during this journey. If that is not possible, your help would be appreciated in telling this tremendous story of our injured veterans as they resume lives in the military or civilian world after fighting for our freedom. Here is the schedule for the 2013 Gulf Coast Challenge:

Sun. 3/3 New Orleans to Gulfport, MS
Mon. 3/4 Gulfport to Mobile
Tue. 3/5 Mobile to Orange Beach
Wed. 3/6 Orange Beach to Fort Walton Beach
Thu. 3/7 Fort Walton Beach to Panama City
Fri. 3/8 Panama City to Tallahassee

Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c) 3, helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through individual and group cycling. Cycling has proven to be a catalyst in the recovery process by providing a new physical challenge while concurrently helping to cope with the mental challenges. The Ride 2 Recovery long-distance, multi-day events challenge each rider individually to meet personal goals, to ride with others who have similar experiences and to find ways to cope with their "new normal" through cycling and camaraderie.

R2R enables service men and women to ride no matter their disabilities. Most riders are part of the R2R Project HERO program at a Warrior Transition Unit or VA where they are using cycling to aid in their rehabilitation. All four branches of the military regularly send service men and women to R2R Challenges.

There are six UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Challenges slated for 2013 each ranging from 325 - 450 miles over six or seven days. An average of 200 cyclists will ride together in a group with each cyclist facing his or her own challenge.

You are welcome to join us on the road - on a bike or in a car - to see how a week on a bike can make a difference in an injured veteran. I hope you can ride with us or at least come to see how R2R positively affects the lives of our returning service men and women.

For more information, please visit http://www.ride2recovery.com/gulf-coast-challenge.html