Face of America 2013
Change Lives with World T.E.A.M. Sports this April
Join World T.E.A.M. Sports in our Face of America ride this April 26-28, 2013. Participants can select between our traditional two-day bicycle ride from the Pentagon near Washington, DC to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, or two new one day metric century loops beginning and ending in Gettysburg. Each ride honors our military — veterans and active duty, both disabled and able-bodied — and celebrates the American Spirit.
Our traditional two-day, 110 mile ride is fully-supported with rest stops, sag wagons and mechanic support. Our new Saturday 100 kilometer and Sunday 100 kilometer loop rides offer rest stops but otherwise have minimal support – riders can set their own pace on these metric century routes. Either of these challenging ride options provide an opportunity to welcome disabled and able bodied servicemen and women as teammates and to show them how much we appreciate their service to the country.
The Face of America ride changes lives.
2013 Face of America Index
Click and explore.
Ride Registration – register to participate in the 2013 ride.
Participant Requirements – minimum fundraising requirements, lodging arrangements.
Fundraising Incentives – participants meeting fundraising goals receive special recognition and lodging.
Event Logistics – including rider participant guide, bike rentals, bike inspection, parking in Arlington, lodging, meals, participant training and tips, family and friends following the ride, participant ride cancellation and return transportation from Gettysburg to Arlington.
Volunteering for the Ride – the Face of America ride is seeking volunteers.
Mobile Messaging during the Ride – free cell phone texting service for participants during the ride for important information.
Face of America Guest Speakers – Special speakers will attend our dinners and our ride kick-off in Arlington.
Valued Sponsors – Partners for the 2013 Face of America ride.
Participants may register as individual riders, or as a member of a team. Many teams are actively seeking participants. You may also begin a team to recruit additional riders.
Ride registration fees and fundraising minimums for civilian, active duty military/first responder, and retired military participants are listed below. World T.E.A.M. Sports covers the entry fees, lodging and transportation for all participating disabled veterans.
Registration fees include the commemorative dinner, breakfast and lunch, Sunday steak and beer at the ride finish in Gettysburg, and the official ride jersey.
All registered participants will receive the commemorative Face of America 2013 bike jersey at the ride check-in in Arlington or in Gettysburg. These long-sleeved jerseys are USA-made and are “club fit,” which is the technical term for the American “relaxed” fit jersey. The jerseys are 3/4 zip-down with no elastic around the waist. They use a premium performance fabric for improved comfort, three rear pockets with an extra zipped key pocket, and a durable YKK front hidden zipper. They are resistant to fading, shrinking and wrinkling, with reflective elements for better visibility in low light conditions.
The commemorative dinner Friday evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City is included in the two day Arlington to Gettysburg ride registration fee. A Saturday evening commemorative dinner Saturday in Gettysburg is scheduled for the Gettysburg loop riders. Participants can purchase additional dinner tickets when they register. Guest dinner tickets are priced higher if purchased at check-in.
Participants must meet minimum fundraising for participation. Also learn about food, lodging and transportation arrangements for the event.
To participate in the Face of America 2013, each participant must meet their registration category fundraising minimum by check-in on Friday, April 26 or Saturday, April 27 for Gettysburg loop riders. Ride registration and meal/transportation ticket fees do not apply toward the fundraising total. In order to ride, those who have not met their minimum amount will be required to pay the balance by check or by credit card at ride check-in in Arlington or in Gettysburg.
Minimum fundraising by route and rider category:
Pentagon to Gettysburg:
Civilian Youth (age 12 to 17): $250.00
AD Military/First Responder: $250.00
Disabled Veteran: no minimum
Saturday 100 kilometer Gettysburg Loop:
AD Military/First Responder: $200.00
Disabled Veteran: no minimum
Sunday 100 kilometer Gettysburg Loop:
AD Military/First Responder: $200.00
Disabled Veteran: no minimum
Saturday-Sunday Gettysburg Loops:
AD Military/First Responder: $250.00
Disabled Veteran: no minimum
Note: registration and ticket fees do not apply toward the minimum in 2013.
Participants are responsible for their lodging arrangements for Friday and Saturday evenings. World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged special room rates at the host hotel in Arlington and at selected hotels in Frederick, Maryland and in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Complete information about lodging opportunities can be found under ‘Event Logistics,’ below.
The commemorative dinner for both groups of riders is included in the registration fee. This includes the Friday evening dinner for the Arlington to Gettysburg riders and the Saturday evening dinner for the Gettysburg loop riders. Arlington to Gettysburg riders are responsible for Saturday night dinner on their own in Frederick. There are numerous restaurants within a short walk, ride or drive from the host hotels.
Arlington to Gettysburg riders can purchase a return bus ticket to return to Arlington on Sunday afternoon following lunch. This $15 coach ticket is required for anyone taking the bus. You may choose to have a family member or friend pick you up in Gettysburg and so a return ticket is not necessary. The ticket can be ordered at the time of registration or can be added through the “Purchase Tickets and Gear” link at the Face of America registration and fundraising site. Buses leave Gettysburg at approximately 3:30 p.m. for Arlington. There are no refunds for purchased tickets that are not used.
Participants and teams who meet fundraising goals will receive special recognition and lodging benefits.
• World T.E.A.M. Sports will cover Friday night lodging at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City for ride participants who met specific fundraising goals by the April 8, 2013 deadline. To be eligible, participating riders must have raised $2,500 in donations. This incentive includes only the room rate and tax. Any incidental charges, such as parking, food and beverage outside of Friday night dinner and Saturday morning breakfast, Internet access, phone calls, etc. will be the responsibility of the participant. In mid April, World T.E.A.M. Sports will notify riders who have met or exceeded their goals that World T.E.A.M. Sports will pay their Friday night lodging at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Special bonus incentive: participants who raised $3,500 or more will have both their Friday and Saturday night rooms covered by World T.E.A.M. Sports.
• To encourage team challenges, if you are a member of a riding team, and your team meets the total fundraising goal as a group, you will be considered to have met your minimum goal (Example – if you are a member of a team of 10, and your team has raised over $7,500 collectively, of which you raised $500, you and all members of your team will be considered to have met your fundraising minimum goal.)
• Each participant who raises $3,500 by the April 8 deadline will receive a special commemorative Face of America 2013 package which will be mailed to the recipient following the event.
• The participant and the team who raise the most funds will receive recognition and a special commemorative Face of America 2013 package to be awarded at the Friday evening dinner.
• To be eligible for incentives, fundraising goals must be met by April 8, 2013.
For helpful fundraising tools and documents, visit our Participant Fundraising page. In addition to handouts, fundraising and donation forms, and downloadable art, you’ll also find useful tips and suggestions for successful fundraising.
Details about bike rentals, bike inspection, parking in Arlington, lodging, meals, participant training and tips, sag wagons, rider cancellation, and family and friends following the ride.
Download the 2013 Face of America Participant Guide. This PDF-format document includes useful information about the April 26-28 Face of America, including daily schedules, rider etiquette, SAG wagons, and more. Save a copy to your iPad, or print a copy to bring with you for the weekend.
Bikes to Borrow has a selection of Giant carbon road and hybrid bicycles for rental by Face of America participants. Reserved bicycles will be available for pickup at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City on Friday afternoon, April 26. Reserve your bicycle online – be sure to note the hotel delivery address of 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202-2891.
When picking up your bicycle, bring a photo ID and a non-debit credit card. The participant must be present when picking up the bike to sign a liability waiver. If the rider is a minor, a parent or legal guardian will also need to be present.
Road and performance bicycles can also be rented from Big Wheel Bikes in Arlington. Please review the bikes at the Big Wheel website, then order your bike from the Arlington outlet by emailing Mike Sednar. In addition to your order, advise him to add you to his Face of America ride list for delivery to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City.
All bicycles, hand cycles and recumbent bicycles to be ridden in the Face of America will be inspected on Friday afternoon and evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City. Bikes may be left overnight in a secure storage area at the hotel following inspection. Inspections will also be undertaken in Gettysburg at the host hotel for those riders who select the Gettysburg metric century loop routes.
World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, a short distance from the start of the ride, to allow participants to park their vehicles in the hotel’s parking lot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the discounted daily rate of $10 for self parking. Valet parking is at the standard $28 per day rate. Please advise the attendant at time of your arrival that you are with World T.E.A.M. Sports / Face of America to receive our special discounted self-parking rate.
The host DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City offers participants with a special Face of America room rate, beginning at $129 per night. This special discounted rate is valid for stays between Thursday and Sunday evenings, April 25 through April 27. The Face of America discount rate expires on April 5 – you will pay the full room rate for late reservations. Call 703-416-4100 for reservations or register online.
• World T.E.A.M. Sports will transport by truck participants’ small overnight bags from Washington to Frederick on Saturday, from Frederick to Gettysburg, and then back to Washington on Sunday. Be sure to clearly identify your bag for ease in collection.
Saturday evening accommodations in Frederick are the responsibility of the participants. Special room rates for Face of America participants have been arranged at the following hotels. The hotel can be contacted directly to review available rates:
• Comfort Inn
7300 Executive Way, Frederick MD 21704
Rate: $89 single, $99 double, non-smoking
Rate Expired: March 27, 2013
Group Reservation Code: FOA Bike Ride
• Hampton Inn
5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick MD 21703
Rate: $119 Queen or King, non-smoking
Rate Expired: April 6, 2013
Group Reservation Code: FOA
• Hilton Garden Inn
7226 Corporate Ct., Frederick MD 21703
Reservations: 1-866-909-6090 or 240-566-1500
Rate: $121 Single
Rate Expired: March 30, 2013
Reservation Code: FACE
Other Frederick Lodging Options (no special Face of America rates):
• Fairfield Inn & Suites
5220 Westview Dr., Frederick MD 21703
Reservations: 800-228-2800 or 301-631-2000
• Courtyard Frederick
5225 Westview Dr., Frederick MD 21703
Reservations: 800-321-2211 or 301-631-9030
Friday and Saturday evening accommodations in Gettysburg for participants of the Gettysburg Loop Rides are the responsibility of the participants. Host hotels in Gettysburg are Wyndham & Courtyard at Gateway Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg PA 17325. Telephone reservations: Wyndham, 717-339-0020; Courtyard, 717-334-5600. For accessible room reservations, please contact the hotel direct at 717-334-5600 asking for Nicole Evans at x6008. The March 15, 2013 deadline for special room rates has passed, so room reservations are at standard rates.
To avoid any surprises during your overnight stays in Washington and Frederick, here are some helpful tips:
• The special Face of America discount rates only apply to the dates specified by the host hotels.
• Provide a valid credit card to the hotel reservations to hold your room reservation.
• Contact the hotel directly to cancel your room reservation if you should decide on alternate accommodations or if you should choose to not participate. Please note that many hotels require a 30-day cancellation notice, unless a room has been confirmed to an individual credit card. When a room is confirmed, cancellation is possible much closer to the event. World T.E.A.M. Sports will not be responsible for canceling reservations or pay for rooms reserved by a rider.
• ADA compliant rooms may not be booked by calling the hotels or by booking online. These rooms have been reserved for the Face of America ride and reservations must be made by contacting World T.E.A.M. Sports.
• Contact the Frederick hotel of your preference to make your room reservation for Saturday, April 27, 2013. Specify whether you need one bed or two beds, and how many people will be staying in the room. Also indicate smoking or non smoking preference.
• To ensure you receive the contracted rate for your Saturday night room reservation, be sure to use the World T.E.A.M. Sports special rate code provided for each Frederick hotel.
• There will be secure overnight storage for bicycles in Washington and in Frederick. Bikes may be checked in for overnight storage following bike inspection at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Friday, April 26.
• Hotels in Frederick are within a short walk or ride from the Saturday ride finish/Sunday start. Shuttle vans will be available to transport riders who are disabled to and from their hotels.
Participant Training and Preparation
If you are participating in the ride, USA Cycling certified coach Bob Hillery has some helpful tips and suggestions for training and ride preparation.
Official Route Maps and GPS Tracking
PDF format route maps for the Face of America 2013 ride are available for downloading from this site by registered participants. The April 24 digital newsletter contains links to download the PDF format maps. Please note these maps are an overview of the course as permitted. The route may change up until the day of the ride. All riders are reminded to follow the pace car to avoid making a wrong turn.
Family and friends may follow the riders live online using the MyAthlete GPS tracking site. There also are free iPhone and Droid apps for those smart phones (this includes iPad as well). The phone apps allow spectators to look at up to five riders while the main website allows the spectator to see all the riders on a PC or Mac. Want to install the app? Go to MyAthlete and click on the icon for either the iPhone or the Droid to download and install the app.
The Face of America ride includes plenty of food for participants. In addition to food and drink at the rest stops along the ride, participants will enjoy the following meals as a part of registration:
• The commemorative dinner on Friday evening in Arlington is open for all participants of the Arlington to Gettysburg ride. This dinner is buffet-style and includes a large variety of food. The meal includes guest speakers, awards, and important announcements for the following day’s ride. Additional meal tickets can be purchased online through the Purchase Tickets and Gear link.
• The commemorative dinner on Saturday evening at the Gateway Wyndham in Gettysburg is open for all participants of the Saturday and Sunday Gettysburg loop rides. This dinner is banquet-style. The meal includes guest speakers, awards, and important announcements for the following day’s ride.
• Continental breakfasts each morning are buffet-style with mostly rider foods – muffins, fruits, coffee, juice, etc.
• Saturday lunch for the Arlington to Gettysburg ride will be provided to participants by Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The Saturday Gettysburg loop ride will not have a formal lunch stop.
• Sunday lunch in Gettysburg at the home of Seamus Garrahy is a catered meal, with steak, baked beans, rolls, and a variety of beverages. Don’t miss the large dessert table with cakes, pies, cookies and more. All Sunday riders can participate. Additional meal tickets can be purchased online at our event site through the Purchase Tickets and Gear link.
April 27-28 Arlington to Gettysburg Ride – Download the PDF format schedule. Please note that this schedule may have changes up to a few days prior to the event.
April 27 and 28 Gettysburg Loop Rides – schedules will be available at registration in Gettysburg.
Riders participating in the two day Arlington to Gettysburg ride ride together in groups, with ride marshals and motos providing safety from oncoming and passing vehicle traffic. The ride caravan includes several sag wagons – these are passenger vans pulling trailers that pick up riders and their bikes with bicycle mechanical problems or riders who are tired and are seeking a rest to the next rest stop. The caravan also includes a trained mechanic to assist riders at rest stops with any problems, including flat tires. Along the route, there are manned rest stops with porta-potty facilities and food and drink for participants.
Riders participating in the Gettysburg loop rides are provided some limited support, but are more on their own, free to set their own pace along the route. A limited number of rest stops along the loops will offer food and drink, as well as porta-potty facilities.
Family and Friends Following Route
Please note that private vehicles may not travel with the riders. You will be ticketed by the police if you follow the riders along the route, as our official permit allows for a specific number of accompanying vehicles.
Friends and family meeting participants at the conclusion of the ride should drive to the farm of the late Seamus Garrahy, at 30 Plank Road, Gettysburg PA 17325. There are designated parking areas and some area road closures for the ride, so drivers should follow directional signs on site.
Participant Ride Cancellation
If you find you are unable to participate in the 2013 Face of America ride, please contact us with your registration information and cancellation reason as soon as possible. World T.E.A.M. Sports will refund registration fees for cancellations received by March 31. Credit card transaction fees are not refundable and refunds are made through the account used for the registration. Donations are not refundable. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after March 31.
World T.E.A.M. Sports works with volunteers to help with the Face of America ride. Volunteers provide assistance with all stages of the event, from pre-ride preparation, to registration to rest stops to ride assistance to event take down.
Each year, volunteers register for the ride and fill the positions in Arlington, Frederick, Gettysburg and points in between. For 2013, all volunteer positions are filled.
The Face of America offers a free cell phone texting service for participants during the ride for important information.
Recognizing that emergency situations happen during rides that cover up to 65 miles during a day, World T.E.A.M. Sports offers an optional mobile messaging service for participants. This free service allows for nearly instant communication from ride leadership by cell phone messaging during the ride itself. The mobile messaging service will also be used during the ride for any important scheduling updates or changes. There are no fees associated with this service other than the usual messaging fees that may apply from your cellular phone company. To sign up, simply text FOA2013 to 69302. Or, you can sign up using the above form.
The 2013 Face of America ride features inspiring guest speakers at the gala Friday evening dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC – Crystal City. The evening begins with a special performance by the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, a non-profit organization that empowers musical children and promotes the fine art of music by providing music literacy. The Chorus achieve its mission in a music education and performance program dedicated to excellence, aesthetic sensitivity, play-based learning, respect, and diversity.
Iraq War veteran and a star of the 2012 theatrical film “Battleship,” Army COL Gregory Gadson is returning to the Face of America ride as keynote speaker for the April 26 commemorative dinner in Arlington. The Chesapeake, Virginia native is a former participant of the Face of America ride, having ridden the 110-mile, two-day ride with a hand cycle. His participation in the non-profit’s Washington to Gettysburg bicycle ride was only two years after a May 7, 2007 attack in Baghdad cost him both legs above the knees and limited the use of his right hand and arm.
A West Point graduate, COL Gadson played football in high school and at the U.S. Military Academy. In 2007 the National Football League’s New York Giants contacted COL Gadson to meet and talk with the team. Inspired by his courage, determination and positive attitude, the team began a playoff run that led to a Super Bowl Championship against the New England Patriots. At the National Football Conference Championship Game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, COL Gadson served as honorary co-captain for the Giants. In 2012, COL Gadson appeared as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales, a disillusioned Army veteran who confronts alien invaders in Universal Pictures’ science fiction theatrical movie, “Battleship.” The $302 million-grossing film was his first acting role.
Rear Admiral Nora W. Tyson, a Vice Director of the Joint Staff, will provide words of encouragement and inspiration to the nearly 500 Face of America riders as they begin their 110-mile, two day bicycle ride from Arlington, Virginia to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania April 27.
Able-bodied and disabled participants in the annual ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports set off together not long after sunrise for Frederick, Maryland. Honoring veterans with disabilities, the 2013 ride includes participants from 39 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and several Canadian provinces. Of the participants, more than 100 are veterans with disabilities, who will ride bicycles, recumbent bicycles, and hand cycles.
Rear Adm. Tyson is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Earning her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983, she served three tours in Maryland and Oklahoma, including one as a commanding officer. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tyson commanded the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan, leading the Navy’s Gulf Coast disaster relief.
Tyson also has served in Singapore, and led the USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group during its maiden deployment supporting operations in both the 6th and 5th Fleet. Tyson also served aboard the training aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, and the USS Enterprise.
In February 2012, Tyson reported as vice director for the Joint Staff.
Several valued corporate sponsors have provided financial and in-kind support for the 2013 Face of America ride.
Sponsor – 2013, 2012 and 2011. Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for nearly a century. Today, the firm provides services primarily to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen offers clients deep functional knowledge spanning strategy and organization, engineering and operations, technology, and analytics—which it combines with specialized expertise in clients’ mission and domain areas to help solve their toughest problems. Learn more online.
Sponsor – 2013, 2012 and 2011. GE is honored to have over 10,000 U.S. military veterans continue their careers with the company and recently set a goal of hiring 1,000 veterans each year for the next five years. Through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, GE has hired over 1,000 veterans in 2012 and has supported over thirty Hiring Our Heroes transition workshops, coaching over 2,000 veterans. Also in 2012, GE joined with business, digital, academic and not-for-profit partners to launch the Get Skills to Work coalition that aims to train 100,000 military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness. GE was ranked in the top ten Most Friendly Military Employers by G.I. Jobs in 2012 and is an active member of and donor to several leading national military and veteran support organizations, such as Disabled American Veterans, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Medal of Honor Foundation, among others. To learn more visit us online.
GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. Learn more at GE online.
Subway of the Bethesda Naval Hospital
Sponsor – 2013 and 2012. With a mixture of fresh ingredients, a whole lot of customer service, and a dash of innovation, the SUBWAY® brand continues to be the leader of providing nutritious and delicious sandwiches the whole family will love. SUBWAY® of the Bethesda Naval Hospital is committed to providing a wide range of great tasting, healthier food choices while reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we serve. We know that it takes more than just good food to nourish a strong people and build a vibrant community. It starts with taking care of people, the heart and soul of the SUBWAY® experience. We value the cultural richness and breadth of ideas resulting from the diversity that is fostered in who we are and what we do. We are dedicated to building strong business relationships through open communication, respect and with each other as well as by serving our customers and our neighborhoods; much like we do within our own families. We draw on the strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion that exists throughout our organization to help shape and grow our business. We strive to and create opportunities for people within the communities in which serve. We continually challenge each other to succeed through teamwork, against shared goals & benchmarks, and to be accountable for our actions. We take great pride in our business and are committed to being good global citizens; to encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and to making a difference where we live and work.