Face of America | Gettysburg 2017

This April, we all Ride the Same Road

Marshals assist Rachel Fredericks at Face of America.

Ride marshals provide assistance to Rachel Fredericks during the first day of the 2016 Face of America. Tony Granata photograph.

National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ two-day Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may be one of the most inspiring sporting events you’ll ever experience.

Since 1987, our Holbrook, New York-based non-profit has created and directed dozens of inclusive outdoor sporting events for adaptive and able-bodied athletes. From coast to coast and around the world, our organization’s cross-country bicycle rides, challenging team competitions, high mountain climbs, water sports challenges and events for athletes of all ages have changed lives through sports.

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Our Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride is our most popular event, with hundreds of riders annually. Since 2010, it has been one of the largest non-competitive charitable rides in the mid-Atlantic region.

Face of America started as a cross-country ride in 2000 with two inclusive teams of athletes from both coasts meeting under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, Face of America was redirected to serve as the official commemorative ride from New York’s Ground Zero to the Pentagon, honoring and remembering the victims of the September 11 attacks. In these two years, more than 2,000 athletes from across the country completed this three-day journey. In 2006, Face of America was rededicated to honor the sacrifices and dedication of America’s military veterans who have been injured or killed in service, and to honor first responders who serve daily to protect Americans. A new route, to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was developed to remember the exceptional sacrifices Americans have made throughout our history in protecting our nation.

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Climbing a small hill on the ride.

2015 Face of America riders climb a small hill in suburban Washington. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Adaptive military veterans, along with currently active military and retired military from all service branches, will join first responders and civilian athletes for Face of America. Participating athletes can select between two distinctive routes ending in Gettysburg. Our northern route leads 120 miles west from the quiet woodlands of George Washington’s Revolutionary War camp at Valley Forge across rural southern Pennsylvania to Gettysburg. Our classic route from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia will travel north 110 miles through suburban Washington and the rolling western Maryland countryside to Gettysburg. Each route has an overnight stop: for our northern route, riders will stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; for our classic route, riders will stay in Frederick, Maryland. Both routes join together in Gettysburg for the final miles through the battlefields to the finish at the AllStar Expo Complex at the Eisenhower Hotel.

Riders cross the Potomac River.

2015 Face of America riders cross the Potomac River between Rosslyn, Virginia and Washington, D.C. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Each route has a limited number of positions, so interested athletes are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Signing up to our 2017 Face of America mailing list is the most reliable means to keep updated on the event and to receive a direct email notification when registration opens.

Online registration is open for civilian, active-duty and retired military able-bodied athletes. Our free online qualification application for adaptive athletes is now open (online registration for the invited adaptive athletes will open in early January).


Face of America is fully-supported with SAG transport for tired or mechanically-disabled athletes, trained mechanics, ride marshals, motorcycle support and well-stocked rest stops with food, beverages and restroom facilities. Both routes offer opportunities to meet and get to know our participating adaptive servicemen and women.

Riding through Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The Valley Forge route traveled through Valley Forge National Historical Park. World T.E.A.M. Sports photograph by David Rhinehart.

Registered adaptive military veterans, first responders and civilians with disabilities will receive free lodging and meals during Face of America. First-time athletes with disabilities and their registered caregivers are eligible for complimentary air and ground transportation from World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Funding for Face of America is through generous support by corporate partners, and through fundraising by our participating able-bodied athletes. To meet or exceed minimum fundraising amounts, athletes encourage friends, family and colleagues to support their participation through donations. Adaptive athletes are also welcome to voluntarily fund raise. Any remaining funds following ride expenses will be applied to upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports inclusive sporting events across the United States. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, donations to World T.E.A.M. Sports are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.


To learn more about Face of America 2017, visit our full event page.