The rail-trails of Ohio will host a remarkable long-distance
ride later this year, when Todd Reigle and the Honor Ride Ohio team pedal from
Sylvania, on the Michigan border, all the way to Cincinnati to raise money to
support our military veterans.
The goal of Honor Ride Ohio is to raise more than $100,000 for
Honor Flight Columbus, Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, Wounded Warrior Project,
Ohio Warrior Scholarship Fund, Hidden Scars Foundation and the Ohio Combat
Veterans--community organizations that provide support to returning servicemen
Reigle, a native Ohioan with a strong interest in America's
military history and the sacrifices made by his family, and others, in active
service, was inspired to organize the ride by the success of similar
"Honor Ride Ohio has been in my mind for a few years,"
Reigle says. "I participated in Pelotonia, the bike ride for *** cancer
awareness, and that kind of got me interested in riding bikes. I'd been
thinking of something we could do where we could raise money to help these
grassroots organizations that deal with taking care of the vets, but that also
have to raise money to make sure that the services are provided."
Reigle will be joined on the five-day journey by a number of
active and retired soldiers, and the group will make stops in Lima, Kenton,
Sunbury, Columbus, Dayton and other communities on their way to Cincinnati.
"The best thing about this is that 100 percent of donations
will go directly to these organizations," Reigle says. "My goal is to go out
and get donations for everything we need for the ride, so there are no other
Eric Oberg, manager of trail development for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Midwest Regional Office, has been working with Reigle and the Honor Ride
Ohio crew on plotting a safe, and fun, route across the state. "Ohio has so many great rail-trails," Oberg says. "They are
perfect for a long ride like this, as they're relatively flat, travel fairly
directly between communities, and are scenic and peaceful, too."
Oberg hopes Honor Ride Ohio will be able to travel a number
of rail-trails in central Ohio, including the Olentangy Greenway Trail, Camp
Chase Rail Trail, Roberts Pass Trail and the Prairie Grass Trail. The riders
will utilize RTC's trail-finder website, TrailLink.com, for accurate,
up-to-date information on the best way to get from A to B.
For more information on Honor Ride Ohio, visit toddsride.com, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of the Roberts Pass Trail courtesy of TrailLink.com.
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