Ride for Warriors

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It all started 7 years ago when a group of seniors at the Groves R V Resort in Ft Myers went on a bicycle poker run ride in the Ft Myers, Iona area. The first ride was just for the best poker hand. By the second run it was decided to double the entry fee and half go to a charity. After much discussion they picked the Wounded Warrior Project, as most of the group were veterans.

The fourth run of this winter season had 57 riders and was held on Fri Feb 19th. This run raised $325 and brings the total raised so far this year to $1,119.

The bright safety yellow shirts going down the bike paths always get lots of cars honking and people calling out encouragement. The run starts out on John Morris Rd, goes onto Iona Road, then on San Carlos and then thru Indian Creek and Siesta Bay parks back to John Morris Rd. Once in a while a bike will break down and there is a pick-up truck standing by to go pick up the bike and rider.

The final run of the season will be held on Fri March 18, 2016. If you would like to join the riders, call Phil Folkerstma 616-481-1551 or Dick Stinson at 603-355-7980

Byron Grimes

Fort Myers