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About Project Hero Pinellas

Ride 2 Recovery’s Tampa Bay area local group, known as Project HERO Pinellas, is a riding group dedicated to helping injured veterans recover through cycling. The ultimate goal of these healing heroes is to participate in one of R2R’s Challenge Rides – multi-day events that cover 350-450 miles. Ride 2 Recovery started in 2008 with a telephone call from a recreational therapist with the VA to John Wordin. This therapist thought cycling would be an alternative therapy to PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) as well as physical injury rehabilitation and thought John was the person to create the program they had in mind. The first Ride 2 Recovery Challenge event was held with fourteen riders and no additional staff. By 2010, R2R held six Challenges across the US with an average of 170 participants per ride: the Texas Challenge – from San Antonio to Dallas; the Memorial Challenge – from Washington DC to Virginia Beach; the Rocky Mountain Challenge – from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Colorado Springs; The Great Lakes Challenge – from Minneapolis to Milwaukee; the Golden State Challenge – from San Francisco to Los Angeles; and the Florida Challenge – from Tampa to Jacksonville. In 2011, R2R was up to seven Challenges per year (Texas, Memorial, Florida, Golden State, Great Lakes, and the 9/11 American Challenge which began in the shadows of Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and rode through Shanksville, PA, finishing at the Pentagon). The seventh Challenge of 2011 introduced our first Challenge in Europe, The Normandy Challenge, which traced the steps of D-Day and subsequent battles. In 2012, R2R took 147 riders through Belgium and Luxembourg to ride the Battle of the Bulge Challenge in addition to Texas, Memorial, and Golden State, added the new Gulf Coast Challenge – New Orleans to Tallahassee; the new Minuteman Challenge – Boston to New York; and the new Bluegrass Challenge – Cincinnati to Nashville. Challenges are limited to 200 participants. Now, each one sells out early and has a lengthy waiting list, attesting to the power of the Ride 2 Recovery program. If you would like to learn more about this worthy organization, go to

Project Hero Pinellas 1st Annual Poker Run

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Project Hero Pinellas (PHP), a local Veteran’s cycling organization and part of Ride 2 Recovery (a national not-for profit), helps injured Veteran’s recover through cycling. PHP is working on a 1st annual Project Hero Pinellas Poker Ride on Saturday September 12, 2015.

Everyone is welcome to join us on this event. Motorcycle Riders, Runners, Walkers, Cyclist and Bike Riders can join in on the fun. We would be riding to 5 posts starting and ending at American Legion Post 252. (11433 Park Blvd N Seminole, FL 33772)


Registration starts from 8 am to 9 am at American Legion Post 252
Event Starts at 9:11 am from Post 252

1st stop: VFW post 4256
2nd Stop: AL Post 158
3rd Stop: Madeira Beach Elks
4th Stop: AL Post 273
5th Stop: AL Post 252

The poker run will raise funds for a selected team of riders to join in on the Ride to Recovery Army vs Navy Challenge. It is a 6 day 450 mile cycling challenge ride from Sept 26th – Oct 3rd 2015 organized by Ride 2 Recovery (R2R). R2R is an organization that helps injured veterans recover through cycling.
On Sept 12, 2015 the riders will sign in and receive a poker card at each American Legion.

At the end of the poker ride each rider will turn in their hand of cards and winners will be announced once all riders have arrived. Each post will provide water and snacks to you. Riders will stop at each post for approximately 15-30 minutes to rest, hydrate and eat. You may also stop to play a game of darts, bingo, bar poker, raffle, or other games that are available at each post while you are present.

This route is 17 miles with 5 American Legion Posts along the way. Upon your return at approximately 12pm-1pm there will be Music, BBQ, Raffle Draw, Pool Access, VIP Guests and Winners from the Poker Ride will be announced.

Prizes vary and may include cash prizes, gift cards, apparel, bike parts and much more!2flyer

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Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Events


Army vs. Navy Challenge Ride (New York City to Annapolis) Healing Heros’ Need You Now More Than Ever

Army vs. Navy Challenge Ride (New York City to Annapolis) Healing Heros’ Need You Now More Than Ever.

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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Uncategorized


Project Hero Suncoast Warrior Ride (Ride2Recovery)


December 20, 2014 we are promoting the Project Hero Suncoast Warrior Ride which will bring together wounded warriors from Florida in order to create awareness and promote a positive atmosphere for wounded veterans.


Through this event warriors and supporters will have the opportunity to ride 40 miles or 80 miles.We ask that you come out and join our warriors during this ride. Having supporters ride side by side with our warriors has improved the lives of our veterans and has an everlasting effect on the recovery process they go through. Teams are encouraged to come out and show your support. Any type of bike is welcome with all ability levels.


For more information on the location of this event please visit and search for the Suncoast Trail which begins in northern Hillsborough County, and heads north through Pasco and Hernando counties. We will meet at theTrailhead at SR 54 (2.45 miles from southern terminus): From I-75, take Exit 58 to SR 54. Head east (toward New Port Richey/Land O’ Lakes) on SR 54 until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead entrance is on the right about .25 miles beyond overpass.

From New Port Richey, head east on State Road 54. Look for trailhead entrance on left about .25 miles before passing under Suncoast Parkway


If you’re not able to come please show your support by sharing or reposting this article with your friends and family in order to create awareness for Ride 2 Recovery and Project Hero.

Thank you all for your support!

Andres Su


Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Events


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