Ride 2 Recovery: Saving Lives by Restoring Hope and Purpose
Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c)3, is a groundbreaking veterans program that saves lives by restoring hope and purpose. This organization was founded on cycling-based programs and has served over 10,000 veterans by providing a way for life. Ride 2 Recovery’s programs have proved successful in several areas of veterans’ lives:
- 55% of R2R participants that take prescription drugs have reduced or eliminated them.
- Increased ability to perform normal day to day activities.
- Speedier recovery from injuries or conditions.
- Improved general health and fitness.
- Reduced pain.
- Improved sleep.
One way they help support veterans is through their Honor Ride Series. The Honor Ride Series is made up of one-day community events geared towards raising awareness and funding for Ride 2 Recovery. They also provide the opportunity for sponsor and donor engagement. Over 90% of the funds raised go directly back to Ride 2 Recovery programs.
So how did we get involved? It all started four years ago when our tool and die supervisor, Brian, suggested we host an Honor Ride here in Madison. The rest, as they say, is history. Every year since 2011, hundreds of cyclists have met at the Saris Cycling Group headquarters to take in Wisconsin scenery and help support our veterans on 15, 35 or 70 mile rides.
Ask Brian why he got involved and he’ll likely reply by saying, "Serving our country is what they do, and they are honored to do it. To me, that is a true hero. So if there is anything I can do to help them when they return, I feel like that is my duty."
Mike (L) and Brian (R) cook up some delicious Wisconsin fare for the riders.
Last year our ride broke registration records with over 300 riders showing up for the cause. This year we’d like to keep the momentum going. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, June 20th, here at Saris for one incredible experience. Click here to register for the Honor Ride Madison.