By Richard Rhinehart
March 14, 2013, Waco, Texas – A former President of the United States is seeking a few good men and women to participate in the third annual Warrior 100K Mountain Bike Ride in central Texas.
A program of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, the Warrior 100K brings together 20 active, retired or honorably discharged veterans to participate in a stimulating two day, 100 kilometer ride with the President.
Although the Institute relied on partner organizations such as World T.E.A.M. Sports to select qualified participants for the 2011 and 2012 rides, participants for the 2013 ride this May 23-25 near Waco will be selected directly by the President’s team.
“We have adjusted our selection process for the 2013 W100K,” said Justine Sterling, the Bush Center’s Event Coordinator. “All warriors must now apply to be considered to participate.” A PDF format application is available for download. Deadline for submission is April 5, 2013.
According to Sterling, all interested applicants must meet the following criteria:
- • Have been seriously injured in post 9/11 combat
• Be active-duty, retired, or honorably discharged
• Be an intermediate to advanced amateur mountain biker
• The following materials must be submitted for consideration:
1. Completed Warrior 100K Application
2. Valid and current Uniform Services Identification Card or separation form DD214
3. Medical Certificate of Diagnosis
4. Letter of Recommendation from mountain biking professional
In 2012, World T.E.A.M. Sports selected six participants for the annual ride with President Bush, an increase from the two who participated in the inaugural 2011 ride. Other partner organizations included Ride 2 Recovery, the Disabled Athletes Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.