Stories

Lauren started her first Face of America ride just three short years ago in the rain with no training. Since completing the ride, however, Lauren hasn’t stopped cycling. She credits the dynamic events and community of World T.E.A.M. Sports for getting her hooked. “Being involved in this ride was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever gone through and ever been a part of. When I crossed the finish line the first time, my parents were there in Gettysburg waiting for me, and my mom was crying watching everyone finish together.”

Lauren’s commitment to World T.E.A.M. Sports goes beyond pedaling. She provides lunch for the participants at selected D.C.–area events. Her restaurant, SUBWAY® of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, keeps athletes full between stops on the road and between Adventure Team Challenge obstacles along the Potomac River course. Supplies per event range from 100-650 SUBWAY® subs, cookies, and bags of chips. In addition to food, Lauren brings a few more critical items to each Face of America race. A long way from no training, she now arrives with specialized biking gear, chamois butter, arm warmers, and even tissues and Advil to cover emergencies on the course. Plus, she’s always fired up for the cause. “My passion is helping others, especially veterans.”