Honor Ride and Run helps veterans ‘Ride 2 Recovery’
BY BRIDGET O’SHEA firstname.lastname@example.org | @OSheaBridget October 8, 2013 11:46AM
The annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run on Sunday drew more than 200 runners and cyclists to the downtown, where they raced to support mental and physical rehabilitation programs for veterans. | Photos courtesy Bob Lee
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:23AM
The annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run on Sunday drew more than 200 runners and cyclists to the downtown, where they raced to support mental and physical rehabilitation programs for veterans.
The 29.7-mile race, known as the Ride 2 Recovery, began at Main and Cook streets and ended at the Barrington Metra Station on Spring Street.
“The course was great. I liked the quiet little countryside,” said Lt. Col. David Haines, who survived an roadside bomb blast. “It was very apparent that this community supports the veterans and the people are passionate about taking action. More than anything else, it makes me feel good about my service.”
Wayne Kirkpatrick, a Vietnam vet representing Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit that supports veterans from all American wars, also was impressed by the community support.
“Our core mission is to keep people aware that there are 90,000 people who have not come home. That’s two cities,” Kirkpatrick said. “So, if we can fly the flag in front of a crowd, that keeps people aware. We love to have the opportunity to contribute to the community.”
Mark Konicek, director of the Honor Run and Ride, said heavy rains the night before did not keep participants and supporters away for the Sunday morning ride.
“There was a good group. You could see the camaraderie,” Konicek said. “A couple of riders broke off from the group to ride with and help some riders who were struggling. It shows they are still dedicated to helping others.”