Injured Veterans to Cycle 385 Miles from San Antonio to Fort Worth for the Texas Ride 2 Recovery Event

Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:00am EDT

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* Veterans to ride hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes
through central Texas
* Ride 2 Recovery raises funds to support rehabilitation programs for the
nation`s veterans
* Public encouraged to gather along the daily routes to support riders

SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)--
More than 200 injured veterans and their supporters will set off Monday, April
8, on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, a seven-day,
385-mile bicycle ride from San Antonio to Fort Worth. 

Texas Challenge cyclists will start their journey at Brooke Army Medical
Center`s Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio and ride through central Texas
with overnight stops in San Marcos, Austin, Ft. Hood, Waco and Cleburne. The
ride will conclude in Fort Worth Saturday, April 13. To see daily stops and
events along the route or to sign up for the Texas Challenge, visit
http://www.ride2recovery.com/component/content/article/87.html. 

On Sunday, April 14, the Bell Helicopter Honor Ride - Clay Hunt, presented by
Chevrolet, will take place in downtown Fort Worth. Injured veterans and the
general public can ride one of three distances - 25, 51 or 104 miles - all of
which begin and end at Billy Bob`s Texas in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
This self-paced, noncompetitive ride is open to the public. 

For more information on this one-day Honor Ride, visit
http://www.ride2recovery.com/images/Ft_Worth_HR_Clay_Hunt_Poster.pdf for details
or
http://www.active.com/cycling/ft-worth-tx/honor-ride-ft-worth---clay-hunt-2013
to register. The public is encouraged to gather along the daily ride routes or
at the team hotels to support the cyclists. 

Ride 2 Recovery supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs for
injured veterans, featuring cycling as the core activity. From indoor spinning
training at military installations to multiday, long-distance rides, Ride 2
Recovery helps injured veterans heal through the challenge of cycling long
distances using hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes. 

"We`re honored to support the men and women who have proudly served our country
with important health programs like the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge," said
Tom Quirk, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Texas. "Exercise and
rehabilitation are essential to helping injured veterans return to the health
and well-being they so richly deserve." 

This is the fourth year that UnitedHealthcare is serving as Ride 2 Recovery`s
presenting sponsor, providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to assist
in the rehabilitation of America`s injured veterans. 

"The UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series offers our healing heroes involved in the
Project HERO program a way to get back in the game of life," said John Wordin,
president and founder, Ride 2 Recovery. "We have established 37 Project HERO
program locations on military installations and at Veterans Affairs Medical
Centers. Participants are evaluated and coached by the R2R staff to rebuild
strength and conditioning, while concurrently healing the effects of PTS
(post-traumatic stress), traumatic brain injuries and depression. Cycling is a
powerful therapeutic exercise that they can do alone or in groups for the rest
of their lives." 

The Bell Helicopter Honor Ride - Clay Hunt is dedicated to the memory of Sgt.
Clay Hunt. Hunt, a sniper with the Marine Corps who served in both Iraq and
Afghanistan, may have fought his most vicious battle at home. While he fought
depression and post-traumatic stress, he also sought to help others. He
volunteered in Haiti with Team Rubicon, built bikes for Ride 2 Recovery injured
veterans, and appeared in a public service announcement for Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans of America. Hunt committed suicide March 31, 2011, losing his fight
against the physical, emotional and psychological effects of war. 

About R2R
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 psychological challenges. 

Ride 2 Recovery has established Project HERO programs at 34 military
installations and three VA sites. Through these on-site programs, R2R partners
with the facility staff and cadre to create personalized and progressive
programs to fit the needs of the individual patients and promote a fuller,
quicker rehabilitation. 

About UnitedHealthcare
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 780,000
physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 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. 

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UnitedHealthcare
Kim Whitaker, 469-633-8536
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