Southside Hospital’s chief nursing officer, Patricia Farrell, preps each year for the Wounded Warrior’s Soldier Ride in Babylon Town.
She has been doing so since 2008, and this year’s race — Friday, July 20 — is no different.
“It’s almost like a spiritual experience participating in this ride,” Farrell said.
The 25-mile bike ride features residents riding alongside wounded veterans — all to raise money for veterans.
“For 15 years, Soldier Ride has empowered injured veterans to push themselves physically and mentally,” said a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Farrell started riding as a way to give back; her father served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
“I’ve heard so many inspiring stories while doing this in the past. Seeing these veterans riding makes me so proud to be an American and support our troops,” she said.
The race, which begins in Babylon Town Hall and ends at Overlook Beach, broke the record for participants last year.
“We are more than thrilled that we are expecting over 1,500 riders from the local communities over the next few days and I can’t think of a more excellent way to ensure injured veterans get the love and support they need,” said Tara Lee of the Wounded Warrior Project.
In addition to Babylon, the Wounded Warrior Project hosts other rides across the nation, including locally. There’s a race in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 21.
interested in riding?
It’s not too late to sign up. The Wounded Warrior Project will be accepting day-of registrations at Babylon Town Hall at 7 a.m. for $50.
You must bring your own bike and helmet.
If you can’t make the race and would like to donate, click here.
Registration begins at 7 a.m.
There will be a kick-off celebration at 9 a.m. with the ride beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Following the ride, there will be a community picnic at Overlook Beach.
Many roads will be closed during the race.
Click here to see the closures.
Top: A photo of a veteran David Camacho, who participates in the Soldier Ride. (Courtesy photo.)