Ride 2 Recovery Adds 5K on June 7

Ride 2 Recovery (a 501c3) has announced that a 5K Run has been added to the second annual Honor Ride Chicago on Sunday, June 7.  Presented by Evanston Subaru in Skokie, the Honor Ride and Run Chicago will now feature both a chip-timed 5k run, as well as a self-paced, non-competitive ride with three varying distances (18, 36 and 50 miles) that showcase breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and surrounding communities.
The entire city of Chicago can join in the fun to support and celebrate Chicago’s veterans and healing heroes and to raise funds and awareness for Ride 2 Recovery.
Both the Honor Ride and the Honor Run will begin at Evanston Subaru in Skokie.  The 5k will finish just east of the McCormick and Oakton Street intersection.  It will be a timed event with prizes awarded for Overall Male and Female Winners and Age Division Winners.  Upon completion of the 5K Run, finishers will be escorted back to Evanston Subaru (2 blocks from run finish) for lunch, award ceremony and entertainment.  All participants will receive an event T-shirt and finishing medal.
The ride portion of the day will begin and end at Evanston Subaru.  Last year, over 300 riders including veterans from the local area, as well as around the nation participated and succeeded in raising over $50,000 for cycling programs at VA locations and military installations across the country.
“We are excited to add the 5k run to the Honor Ride Chicago.  While cycling is the focus of Ride 2 Recovery programs and fundraising, the running community has asked how they can support our efforts.  By adding the 5k, we feel it will be a great way to engage more members of the community to support our nation’s healing heroes who have sustained physical and traumatic brain injuries,” said Linda Glassel, National Honor Ride Director.
Purple Heart recipient MSG John Masson will be leading the ride portion of the event.  Masson served in the US Army in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.  He was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  In 2010, while conducting Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan, Masson stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost an arm and both legs.  Thanks to his training, he was able to assist his fellow Medical Sergeant in treating his wounds — actions which saved his life.  He has received both the Purple Heart medal for his injuries and a second Bronze Star medal for his actions in combat.  John has been riding for several years on a special bike built exclusively for him by Ride 2 Recovery.
There is no cost for injured veterans to run or ride and the general public of all ages is invited to join in the fun.  You get the best rates if you sign up early.  Registration is available online at https://www.ride2recovery.com/honorRide.php.