Face of America | Rachel Fredericks
This April, we all Ride the Same Road
United States Marine Corps veteran Rachel Fredericks had never ridden her hand cycle more than 38 miles in a single day. During national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ April 2016 Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride from the Pentagon to historic Gettysburg, Fredericks rode 110 miles in two days through the encouraging support of other ride participants.
“I had been so depressed for months leading up to Face of America,” the 25-year-old aviation specialist recalled. “Conquering such a difficult ride brought me back to life.”
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.
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.