(ARLINGTON, VA.) – Four cyclists from Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) will join more than 200 other riders, including injured veterans, on Monday, May 26 for the sixth annual UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a six-day, 350-mile ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach, Va.
In addition to NRECA, three other Virginia electric cooperatives are participating in the Virginia Ride 2 Recovery event, providing volunteers to load luggage and serve meals: Rappahannock REC, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Northern Neck REC. Greg White, CEO of Northern Neck REC, is riding from Manassas to Fredericksburg.
“By participating in the Ride 2 Recovery NRECA and our sister co-ops are living out Cooperative Principle No. 7: concern for community,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Speaking for my husband, son and daughter who have served, I am honored and gladdened by the co-op commitment to this tremendous event,” said Emerson.
Earlier this spring, NRECA and several cooperatives across Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee provided similar support to previous rides. NRECA, Hilco Electric and United Cooperative Services sent volunteers to support the Texas Challenge, while Owen Electric Cooperative, Farmers RECC, Warren RECC and Cumberland EMC turned out to assist with the Bluegrass Challenge.
The Memorial Challenge ride begins on Memorial Day, May 26. Memorial Challenge cyclists will start their journey at the Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 S. Orme Street, Arlington, Va. and ride south with overnight stops in Manassas, Fredericksburg, Glen Allen, Williamsburg and conclude in Virginia Beach, Va. on Friday, May 31.
To see daily stops and events along the route or to sign up for the Memorial Challenge, visit UnitedHealthcare Memorial Challenge.
WHEN:Monday, May 26 – Saturday, May 31, 2014
Mon.5/26 — Arlington to Manassas
Tue. 5/27 — Manassas to Fredericksburg
Wed. 5/28 — Fredericksburg to Glen Allen
Thu. 5/29 — Glen Allen to Williamsburg
Fri. 5/30 — Williamsburg to Virginia Beach
Sat. 5/31 — Closed ride on Fort Story
About Ride 2 Recovery
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. Ride 2 Recovery benefits military mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. Bikes are often custom-fitted to the physical needs of each rider. There are 43 Ride 2 Recovery Project HERO programs at military installations and VA facilities that provide training, fitting and bikes to prepare riders for the long-distance Challenges.
UnitedHealthcare is the 2014 presenting sponsor of the six Ride 2 Recovery cycling challenges scheduled across the United States and in Normandy, France.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.