Over 1,400 riders showed up for the 2018 Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride through Babylon Town.
This year’s participation marks the second-highest turnout in its 11 years in Babylon — last year the previous record of 1,300 was broken with 1,500 cyclists.
“Participation keeps getting bigger and bigger, which speaks volumes about how great this event is,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer.
The 25-mile bicycle ride from Town Hall to Overlook Beach has raised over $1 million for veterans in its 11 years.
One of the top fundraisers this year was a Town of Babylon building inspector and Marine named Joe McDonald. He raised over $6,000 for his fellow veterans.
“The amount of money raised by Joe McDonald is a testament of how much respect the people within the Town of Babylon have for our Veterans,” said a town councilwoman and event organizer, Jackie Gordon.
This year’s ride, held on July, 20, was led by 50 Wounded Warriors who were cheered on by residents lining the course.
Top: The 2018 Soldier Ride in Babylon gets its start at Town Hall. (courtesy)