By: Jesse Carr
It is a grueling 10+ mile loop. For 24 straight hours teams of up to eight cyclists compete to see which team can complete the most amount of laps with only one team member riding at a time. This year, Heroes in Action is supporting a four man team from Pedal Against PTSD (PAPTSD), a local non-profit that rides to raise awareness for veterans and PTSD, as they compete in the 24 hours of Rocky Hill Race Mountain Bike Race.
The four man team consists of Marine Corps veterans Kevin (founder), Sean (secretary), and local business men Jake, and Glen.
Despite coming from different walks of life they are all riding for one purpose - to honor and support our veterans.
Glen, a father of two, was eager at the opportunity to bring awareness to the struggles of veterans as well as doing something that he loves.
"I am an avid mountain biker and personally know the benefits both emotionally and physically of saddle time, and so it is easy for me to see the direct benefits of providing bicycles and related support to those suffering with PTSD." Glen said.
For Sean, it is an opportunity that hits much closer to home.
"After leaving the Marine Corps in 2011, I found myself drawn back into endurance sports and looking for a way to continue to serve others. Wearing the team kit and spreading the organization's message gives some meaning to my pedaling, and hopefully it encourages other veterans to enjoy the sport, too." Sean said.
To show our support for local non-profits and our veterans, HIA has decided to donate 12 cases of water for the team from PAPTSD this weekend.
Donations can be made to support the team and PAPTSD here.
We take pride in the mission of PAPTSD, as well as the sacrifices Kevin, Sean, Jake, and Glen will be making this weekend. Good luck, and ride strong!