Currently Resides: Little Rock, AR
Birthplace: Summit, NJ Hometown- Bloomsbury, NJ
Formerly Stationed: US Air Force
“I’m dedicating my ride to all of the other patients at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center. A lot of those guys have much more to overcome than I do, but they still keep a positive attitude.” – Brian Petras
Brian Petras is a C-130E/H Flight Engineer with the 50th Airlift Squadron based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Determined to regain his flying status following severe physical injury, Brian decided to join the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea team to accelerate his rehabilitation process.
In the summer of 2009, Petras returned from Iraq with a cancerous tumor in his right foot, which resulted in an amputation of his lower leg. Following his three months of chemotherapy, Petras grew close with his fellow patients at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center. In return for the motivation they provided to him during his rehabilitation period, Petras biked with the Sea to Shining Sea team on their behalf.
Brian was most excited to travel through Colorado, where the S2SS team climbed over 3,000 feet and 100 miles in five days, simply “because it should be the most challenging part of the trip.” It is this same ambition and drive that gave way to the completion of the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, a six day trip in which the biking rookie covered 350 miles.
As yet another motivational milestone in his optimistic journey of rehabilitation, Brian was excited to join the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea team for the full duration of the ride. Brian’s friends and family met him in DC and Virginia, and he actively updated his social media presence on a weekly basis to inspire others along the way.