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Jul272012

Neptune’s Park to Host Virginia Beach Ride Conclusion

By Richard Rhinehart

Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 27, 2012: It has been two months since the 14 veterans riding with World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Sea to Shining Sea cross-continental ride dipped their bicycle and hand cycle back wheels into the Pacific Ocean's San Francisco Bay. On Saturday afternoon, July 28, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the riders will complete their journey by dipping their front wheels into the Atlantic Ocean at Neptune’s Park.

Arriving at the popular Neptune’s Park shortly after 4 p.m., following congratulatory talks by dignitaries, the riders will proceed to a special ramp leading into the water at 4:50 p.m. In the late afternoon sun, the team of veterans will reach their goal of successfully crossing the North American continent.

Dipping back wheels in the Pacific Ocean in California. Photograph by Parker Feierbach.Enjoying the warm, salty water of the Atlantic Ocean, the riders will no doubt reflect on their remarkable and inspiring journey. From the mountains of the Sierras, Rockies and Appalachians, to the red deserts of Nevada and Utah to the Great Plains and majestic woodlands of the east, to cities and communities both large and small, the team will recall the people who helped them along their journey and came out to support them from coast to coast.

For each of these veterans will have overcome their disabilities to succeed in a classic American adventure – crossing the nation by their own physical power. By riding nearly 4,000 miles in 62 days, through record-breaking heat, chilly snow showers, thunderstorms and the occasional head wind, the team has learned by personal experience what drove them to enlist in the military and defend their country.

For these riders, and their two pilots who guided the team’s two blind members, the arrival in the Atlantic Ocean is not the end of a journey, but the beginning of the remainder of their lives. They’ve made lifelong friends and explored America at ten miles per hour, and when they return to their friends and families across the continent, they’ll bring their personal experience with them to share.

The team prepares for the start of their cross-country journey, May 28, 2012. Photograph by Parker Feierbach.World T.E.A.M. Sports salutes these riders and our staff who accompanied the team on their national journey. Their efforts help spread the word from “sea to shining sea” that disabled Americans, including those who served in the military, are capable of remarkable accomplishments. As Ride Director Mike Claver has said repeatedly along the ride, we should not consider these individuals to be incapable of participating in life owing to their injuries or past illnesses, but as simply different.

Across the nation on July 28, we’ll all take a moment to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of this team, wish them well, and recognize what makes America special are our exceptional people.

 

Saturday, July 28 Timeline – Virginia Beach, Virginia:

Note: Timeline is approximate, and is subject to change

  • 10:00 a.m. Display vehicles arrive at Neptune’s Park
  • 3:00 p.m. Riders arrive at Grommet Island Park
  • 3:50 p.m. Riders depart Grommet Island Park with police escort
  • 4:00 p.m. Coastland Band finishes playing at Neptune’s Park and introduces riders
  • 4:05 p.m. Riders arrive at park
  • 4:20 p.m. Remarks by speakers
  • 4:50 p.m. Riders proceed to ramp leading into Atlantic Ocean
  • 5:15 p.m. Post ride celebration at the pavilion
  • 6:00 p.m. Celebration complete

 

The Sea to Shining Sea Team:

  • Ivan Castro
  • Bill Czyzewski
  • Joe Frank
  • Glenn Goulet
  • Larry Gunter
  • Sabrina Hearst
  • Jeff Henson
  • Greg Hoffman
  • Andrew Jansen
  • William Lahman
  • John Malkin
  • Michael Manning
  • Henry Riley
  • Michael Sanders
  • James Sheehan
  • Jonathon Snodgrass

 

The Sea to Shining Sea Staff:

  • Jeanna Buck
  • Abby Bergakker
  • Parker Feierbach
  • Alexandra Illiescu
  • Robert LaRose
  • Andrew Pate
  • Danielle Powell
  • Michael Rasmussen
  • Paul Ronczkowski
  • Rachael Rosen
  • Michael Simpson
  • Brianna Webb
  • Paul Curley
  • Charles Hunter Pinnell
  • Nancy Chamberlain
  • Mike Claver
  • Kimberly Warpinski
  • Amanda Puskar
  • Seth Arseneau
  • Timra Stump
  • Van Brinson
  • Paul Tyler
  • James Benson
  • Frank Corbo
  • Greg Stewart
  • Neil Beckerman
  • Richard Rhinehart

 

The Sea to Shining Sea Sponsors:

  • State Farm
  • American Portfolios
  • MWV
  • Dominion
  • The Semper Fi Foundation
  • The USO
  • BNY Mellon
  • General Electric
  • GM FCO
  • Brown Shoe Company and Famous Footwear
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Altria
  • EnerSys
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Magaschoni
  • Penske Truck Rental
  • Vedder Price
  • AR Capital
  • The El Pomar Foundation
  • Recycle for People
  • George Puskar
  • Journey's beginning in San Francisco, California. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Reader Comments (2)

I feel so privileged to "Know This Team ". They have inspired me to think about what lies ahead in future ventures that I will be involved in. I have been an "amputee" all my life. Was the "Genesis Case" from the early 50's that doctors worked on for children born with PFFD. Was "it" all worth it? A LARGE YES! There will a not of "reflection" for the Bike Team and I pray that "they" go on and "inspire" others.

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGERALD R MASOPUST

Congratulations to a great team and an even greater team accomplishment !!
Allen Wicken, (S2SS 2010, SF to Denver stage)

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllen Wicken, PT

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