The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride will be returning to the Town of Babylon, Friday, July 19.

The bike ride brings together local residents with injured veterans for a 25-mile race throughout the town.

The kick-off ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in front of Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst. From there, the racers will head across the Robert Moses Causeway and finish at Overlook Beach with a community picnic (map below).

Each year, the Soldier Ride aims to fundraise $200,000 for the nonprofit. Since its launch 11 years ago, the ride in Babylon Town has raised over $1 million.

The Wounded Warrior Project hosts community rides in towns and cities across the U.S., but the two races on Long Island — Babylon Town and another on the South Fork — hold the most history.

The concept was derived from Long Islander Chis Carney, who rode from the Hamptons to San Diego to raise awareness for wounded warriors.

His ride garnered media attention, and in 2011 he was even recognized by President Barack Obama. There was also a documentary produced that details his nearly 4,000-mile trek across the States.

From then on, soldier rides picked up steam through the Wounded Warrior Project.

registration

Registration will be open until 7 a.m. the day of the race.

Online registration ends Thursday, July, 18. The registration fees, which range from $30-$35, also cover the cost of the number bib and a lunch following the race.

Bibs and shirts can be picked-up prior to the event on, Thursday, July 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion located 80 Herbert Avenue.

Top: Cyclists racing at last year’s Soldier Ride in Babylon Town. (Credit: Wounded Warrior Project)

The Babylon Soldier Ride course map.