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33rd Annual Mad…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association invites you to join the… more

9th Annual New…

Mar 22 - 24, 2017
Calling all small-business owners, startups, mom-and-pop shops, entrepreneurs… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 22 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Clarence John…

Mar 22 - 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Mar 22, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Mar 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Exhibition to feature…

Mar 22 - 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

First Time Homebuyer…

Mar 22 - 23, 2017
Considering homeownership? Emerge from this program prepared to tackle the home… more

JazzCon.Tech

Mar 22 - 24, 2017
MUSIC. FOOD. CODE. Web Dev Conference JazzCon.Tech March 2017, New Orleans. … more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 22 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 22 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

Opera on Tap

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
Now in its 10th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Mar 22 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

Tennessee…

Mar 22 - 26, 2017
A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the… more

The Maison Presents -…

Mar 22 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

The Moth GrandSLAM

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
Brought to you by The Moth. Storytellers with one winning tale already under… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
Join us for the 18th Annual Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series… more

Heart of the House

Mar 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Lilith in Loa…

Mar 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

Napoleon House's…

Mar 23 - 23, 2017
On the heels of the highly successful dinner in January with Slade Rushing of… more

33rd Annual Mad…

Mar 22 - 22, 2017
The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association invites you to join the… 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