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 May 3-5, 2019. 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 May is worthwhile.