Unique bike ride motivates wounded veterans

Updated: July 12, 2019 01:47 PM

The Wounded Warrior Project kicked off its third annual Soldier Ride in the Twin Cities Friday.

About 45 veterans came to St. Paul from all over the country to participate.


“It’s Minnesota. I always wanted to be here, and just be with my fellow veterans. It’s an awesome feeling,” said Lesa Prime, a veteran from Nashville.


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The project provides the bikes and adaptive wheels to fit each rider as needed.

Organizers say for some veterans, this is the first time they will ride a bike since they were injured while serving. The goal is to push their limits and leave with a deeper understanding.

“It goes back to showing you, you are not broken. You can still be active, you can still get out of the house, be back with your brothers. So many people have all these friends and these life long comrades that they meet in the military and then they get out and they are gone. We try to bring our alumni back together,” said Mike Owens, a veteran and Soldier Ride Manager.

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