The Face of America Experience

Bike marshals at Face of America

7 Reasons Why You Must Ride Face of America Gettysburg

Nearly 600 adaptive and able-bodied athletes from across North America will join World T.E.A.M.’s Face of America cycling challenge to Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields this April 24-26, 2020. Face of America recognizes and honors adaptive military veterans who have provided so much in their support of their country.

One of America’s premier non-competitive inclusive cycling programs, Face of America begins in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia and heads north through Frederick, Maryland to Gettysburg. Adaptive athletes from all service branches pedal bicycles, recumbent bikes and hand cycles in this journey. These adaptive athletes live with paralysis, loss of limb, Post Traumatic Stress, blindness, and Traumatic Brain Injury from accidents, attacks in wars and conflicts, and illness.

Retired military and civilian able-bodied athletes also participate as valued members of the program. These athletes ride in support and honor of their adaptive colleagues.

Although many athletes return year after year, a significant number are participating in their first journey through rural Maryland. For those who have never pedaled north as a member of Face of America, or haven’t ridden in several years, here are seven top reasons why registering to join the team this April is worthwhile.

Salute in Gettysburg

1 – Honor America’s Finest

Each Face of America welcomes adaptive military veterans who gave so much in their service to their nation. It’s not a parade, but an opportunity to meet these exceptional individuals and show them how much you appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. Athletes from young to old, veterans and civilians, come from across America with interesting backgrounds and life experiences. Share your own story, listen to others, engage and make friends for life.

Assisting a veteran athlete

2 – Be Fit

Cycling is fun and it is addictive. Pedaling outside among nature and experiencing the countryside is a great way to build on your personal physical and mental fitness. Cycling is the gift that keeps on giving; providing health, adventure, and commuting benefits.

Veterans at the Marine Memorial in Virginia

3 – Historic Virginia

Face of America begins with a route through General Robert E. Lee’s former estate. Cycling past the Pentagon, through Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall into Arlington National Cemetery, with its iconic United States Marine Corps War Memorial, you’ll appreciate the national significance of this estate and its meaning to America.

Sag van ready for the next athlete

4 – Full Support

Having mechanical difficulties or a flat tire is no big deal at Face of America. One of our helpful marshals will help you change a flat, or if needed, hop into a sag van and ride to the next rest stop. There, a trained mechanic can undertake the necessary repairs for your bike.

Athletes stretch and rest at a rest stop

5 – Take a Break

Face of America schedules rest stops every ten to 12 miles both days. Quick energy food, water, and comfort stations help you enjoy the ride. And, at a leisurely pace along the route, you’ll never be left alone from start to finish!

Athletes enjoy beverages at the Flying Dog Brewery

6 – Brewery Finish

Saturday’s finish in Frederick, Maryland is hosted at the Flying Dog Brewery. Adult athletes can grab a brew and refill from local food trucks, while enjoying the afternoon with friends and colleagues.

Riders pedal by cannons at Gettysburg

7 – Spectacular Conclusion

Go ahead – we dare you to not be emotional as you pedal along the hallowed grounds in Gettysburg. Riding the final miles through the Gettysburg National Military Park is a privilege, particularly alongside adaptive military veterans. You’ll finish at historic Brown’s Farm, which served as a Confederate base during the July 1 to July 3, 1863 battle, ready to relax and enjoy your accomplishment.

Convinced that Face of America Gettysburg is right for you? Register today and empower lives.

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