Spring is almost here! We are looking forward to riding outside at our bike program at Ohio Veterans’ Memorial park in Clinton. We will be officially opening the bike program Memorial Day Weekend. We are looking for volunteers to help lead group rides on Saturday’s throughout the summer.
Wheels4Change is working on creating a Strava event this Memorial Day Weekend to honor the Fallen. We will be riding all weekend from Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park in Clinton until every KIA is represented in a mile of riding or running. For those of you that are not familiar with Strava; it a free app for fitness that tracks and connects you with others in the fitness community. Several members of our Wheels4Change board are putting out a Strava challenge to cyclist, runs, and yogis to ride or run a mile for each Ohio life lost in combat since Vietnam. We will have an exact number in the coming weeks, but there are around 4,500 KIA’s we will be honoring. We will be doing the Strava event for 4 days or until we log every mile. We will have routes for all ability levels listed on our website. We will be riding on both the roads and towpath; during both the day and night. This is a free event, but we are encouraging people to donate to local non-profits that Honor the Fallen and their families.
Memorial Day Weekend will kick off our awareness campaign this year. Wheels4Change will again be represented in the solo Race Across America by Ron Skelton from New Zealand; he has been in the Army for over 36 years. He is committed to helping veterans in New Zealand and here in America. Wheels4Change board member John Hoopingarner is participating in the Race Across The West. John’s father, a Marine, served in Korea. John will be using his race to help promote veterans to engage in fitness, especially his love of cycling.
Last year the owner of Hillside campground, directly behind Ohio Veterans’ Memorial donated a trailer to us that we are raising funds to have it operational for Memorial Day Weekend. We will be using the trailer for the first time Memorial Day weekend. We plan on camping out all weekend. Please let us know if you are interested in camping, space will be limited.
Over the next several months we are looking for volunteers to help us rehab the trailer and help spread the word we need help logging 4,500 miles Memorial Day Weekend for all Ohio KIA’s. Let us not forget why this weekend exists. We would like to challenge our likeminded friends outside of Ohio to create their own Strava group at Wheels4Change for the KIA in your community. At the top left of this email is a link to the video trailer for this event.
Please contact us if you want to get involved!