St. Regis to host Veterans Bike Trek
June 8, 2012
The St. Regis Deer Valley will be host to wounded military veterans who are participants in the 2012 "Sea to Shining Sea" cross country bicycle trek as they pass through Park City on a two-month cycling trip from San Francisco to Virginia Beach. The 18 Wounded Warrior riders and their support crew will enjoy dining, and lodging at The St. Regis the night of June 14. The entourage of more than 40 individuals will be served a welcoming dinner by The St Regis. Then, a hearty breakfast the following morning, the veterans and crew will continue eastward on their coast to coast trek with a ride to Roosevelt. The ride began on Memorial Day in San Francisco and will ultimately finish in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 28.
There are 14 Wounded Warriors plus two pilots assisting blind cyclists who will ride the entire 3,698 miles across 14 states and the District of Columbia. Additional Wounded Warriors will ride segments of the Sea to Shining Sea ride for a few days to a few weeks. The participants are Veterans from all branches of the United States military with disabilities ranging from loss of limbs to blindness to post traumatic stress. The riders range in age from 24 to 63 years old, and served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Vietnam.
"We are honored to support this heroic undertaking," said Stan Kaminski, General Manager of The St. Regis Deer Valley, in a press release. "These riders have served our country and have overcome daunting challenges. It is an inspiration for us all to witness their determination and strength of spirit."
The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is organized by World T.E.A.M Sports, a 501 (c) (3) organization that seeks to change lives through sports and honor the courage of our military. Its objective is to empower the riders and to inspire the crew, volunteers, hosts and those who follow the riders as they progress across the country with the realization that the spirit is indomitable and that individuals can accomplish goals they never thought possible. With strong corporate and private sponsorships headlined by State Farm, there is no cost to the Wounded Warrior to participate.
Additional support for the riders is being offered by Jans Mountain Outfitters, a full-service mountain recreation shop with a store on premises at The St. Regis Deer Valley. The bike shops at Jans and affiliate White Pine Touring will donate complete bike tuning and repair services to the Sea to Shining Sea riders while they are in Park City.
Information provided by St. Regis Deer Valley