Wounded Military Veterans Cycle Across Florida Keys’ Seven Mile Bridge
Some 40 military veterans pedaled across the Seven Mile Bridge and sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Friday during the Wounded Warrior Project’s Florida Keys Soldier Ride cycling event.
Story: Wounded Military Veterans Cycle Across Florida Keys’ Seven Mile Bridge
Locator Super: Marathon, Florida Keys
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MARATHON, Florida Keys – Some 40 military veterans pedaled across the Seven Mile Bridge and sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Friday during the Wounded Warrior Project’s Florida Keys Soldier Ride cycling event.
Participants, many pedaling adaptive bicycles to accommodate their combat injuries, enjoyed the expansive Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico views from the iconic Middle Keys bridge.
During Friday’s ride, they departed the Marathon Fire Station to cheers from flag-waving supporters, then pedaled across the bridge that stretches almost 7 miles over open water, ending at Veterans Memorial Beach.
“This is my first time going across the Seven Mile Bridge and just to be surrounded by so many courageous brothers and sisters… just connecting and spending time together… make this a dream come true,” said Jacob Norotsky, a retired U.S. Army veteran who served two deployments to Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. “The Keys are amazing, but the Keys with the people that I’m here with makes it even better.”
The Keys Soldier Ride continues Saturday in Key West, where warriors will be joined by community members for an island ride with stops at historic Key West military sites. Sunday, the group is scheduled to interact with dolphins at Marathon's Dolphin Research Center.
Soldier Ride is organized annually by the Wounded Warrior Project to raise public awareness and support for the needs of severely injured members of the military. The ride builds healthy social connections that help combat mental and physical service-related challenges, improving stress, anxiety and depression. Funds raised help develop peer-mentoring programs, foster veterans' independence and arrange needed transport between home and rehabilitation hospital.
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