Inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge Bicycle Ride Seeks Injured Veterans

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, February 24, 2014 – National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports announced today the inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, a two-nation bicycle, recumbent and hand cycle ride for injured veterans from Ottawa, Ontario to Washington, D.C., to be held this June 20-July 4.

Walter Reed Cyclists

Walter Reed team members at the 2013 Face of America ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph by Kimberly Warpinski.

Presented by Realty Capital Securities, the two week ride offers 20 veterans with disabilities a personal journey from the capital of Canada to the capital of the United States. Created in collaboration with Soldier On Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada, the ride confirms the deep, lasting friendship between the participating nations and an ongoing commitment to honor the men and women who have served as members of the armed forces.

Interested injured veterans from Canada and the United States are encouraged to submit an application online for the ride. Successful applicants will be physically fit athletes who can travel 40 to 100 miles each day for two weeks by bicycle, recumbent or hand cycle, who served in the Canadian or American military, and who were severely injured or became ill during their service. Ten veterans from Canada and ten from the United States will be selected for the ride. Transportation, lodging and meals for the participating riders will be covered by the sponsoring organizations. Members from all service branches are encouraged to apply.

CanAm Veterans' Challenge 2014 Logo

Interested veterans from the United States and Canada are invited to apply today.

World T.E.A.M. Sports has a long history of undertaking large scale events that focus attention on specific sectors within the disabled sports community,” said Van Brinson, CEO and President for the Holbrook non-profit. “As part of our ongoing Military Initiative, we are proud to present the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge. This ride will honor the sacrifice of our service members and those of our ally to the north.”

Traveling together from their departure in Ottawa, the team will ride through scenic, rolling farmlands and forests, suburban and urban communities large and small, on their journey. Meeting Americans from both sides of the border, the team will see firsthand the land and the people they served.

Face of America scenic ride.

Riders participating in the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge will travel scenic eastern highways, like this group in Maryland during the 2013 Face of America ride. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Along the way, members of the public will be invited to join the team for an hour or two, or a day, to pedal with these exceptional Americans. Full information about the ride, and the route, will become available later in the spring.

About Realty Capital Securities
Realty Capital Securities, LLC (“RCS”), member FINRA/SIPC is a wholesale broker dealer focused exclusively on the distribution of non-traded investment programs. The products offered on RCS’ platform target specific sectors with varying investment strategies. As a leader in the non-traded investment program industry, RCS places a premium on offering the investment community unique exposure to diverse, complementary, and professionally managed investment opportunities to meet the objectives of suitable investors’ portfolio needs.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than 20 years, the non-profit has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. Past veteran events include the cross-country Sea to Shining Sea ride in 2010 and 2012, the Soldiers to the Summit climb in Nepal in 2010, the Coastal Team Challenge in 2009, the ongoing Face of America ride each April from the Pentagon to Gettysburg, and the Vietnam Challenge in 1998.

Four things always happen at our events: (1) Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness; (2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up physical activities; (3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination; and (4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.

Local residents great riders.

Riders participating in World T.E.A.M. Sports events are often welcomed by local residents, such as this group near Gettysburg during the 2013 Face of America ride. Photograph by Kimberly Warpinski.