Photo courtesy of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative
It’s hard to imagine mountain biking being a priority of the United States military, but without the sacrifice of men and women in uniform, it’s possible many of us would not be able to enjoy our favorite sport the way we do today. Former President George W. Bush is known for passion for hitting the trails, and for the fifth year the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative is welcoming injured veterans to participate in the Warrior 100k mountain bike ride on his range in Crawford, Texas.
Veterans wishing to participate must apply, but if they are selected to join their travel and lodging expenses will be covered by the Institute. To be considered they must have been wounded or injured during their post-9/11 service; be active-duty, retired, medically retired, or honorably discharged; and be an intermediate to advanced amateur mountain biker—62 miles is a long ride.
The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative is dedicated to serving service members and their families as they return home to continue their service to their country. It works to support military service organizations and individuals in job searches, education, housing and other issues.
Riders wishing to participate can apply at www.bushcenter.org/w100k. Applications are due before March 6.