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President Bush to Host Warrior 100K Mountain Bike Ride
DALLAS, TX (April 18, 2011) – From April 25-27th, President George W. Bush will host the Warrior 100 (W100), a 100-kilmometer mountain bike ride in the Big Bend with fourteen United States servicemen and women who were seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform,” said President Bush. “It’s a 100-kilometer ride in the desert, and it’s not a leisurely ride; it’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’”
The W100 will highlight the courage of US troops who have served their country honorably during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It will also herald the significant contributions of organizations that support these heroes and their families while they are gone and when they return home. Organizations represented on the ride include the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The bike ride will serve as the inaugural event of the Social Enterprise initiative of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Social Enterprise initiative highlights the work of those who find innovative ways to help others.
Riders alongside President Bush include Sergeant Sam Cila, USA (Ret.) of Riverhead, NY; Sergeant Andy Hatcher, USMC (Ret.) of Alexandria, VA; Sergeant Major Chris Self, USA (Ret.) of Clarksville, TN; Lieutenant Colonel Patty Collins, USA of Killeen, TX; Corporal Jon Copsey, USMC (Ret.) of Vista, CA; Colonel David Haines, USA of Louisville, KY; Specialist Carlos Hernandez, USA of San Antonio, TX; Lieutenant Colonel Marc Hoffmeister, USA of Fort Richardson, AK; Staff Sergeant Scott Bilyeu, USAF (Ret.) of San Antonio, TX; Corporal Josh Davis, USMC (Ret.) of Vail, AZ; Sergeant First Class Dillon Behr, USA (Ret.) of Arlington, VA; Staff Sergeant Kenny Butler, USA (Ret.) of Barre, VT; Sergeant Bryce Cole, USA (Ret.) of Cypress, TX and Specialist Jake Lerner, USA (Ret.) of Jacksonville, FL.
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