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posted: 8/6/2014 1:41 PM

Barrington Honor Ride supports combat veterans

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Submitted by Scott McPherson

The Barrington Honor Ride and Run will have its fourth annual event Sunday, Aug. 17, at Citizens Park in Barrington.

Our nation's bravest warriors, Northwest suburban and Chicago area residents are taking to the starting line in Barrington to benefit wounded military involved in cycling rehabilitation programs through Ride2Recovery (R2R).

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All monies raised through these nationwide, one-day Honor Rides are donated directly to R2R's Project Hero programs.

Barrington's event, the Barrington Honor Ride and Run (BHRR), is unique in that it provides runners, families and kids an opportunity to participate through the 5K/10K runs, as well as the kids' bike loop and obstacle course. Past guests have included Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta and Allen Lynch.

Entrants will have the opportunity to ride and run alongside our nation's heroes, many of whom are directly involved with the R2R programs suffering from physical and mental challenges such as prosthetic and lost limbs, loss of mobility, traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Raleigh Bikes has joined forces with R2R to create custom-made cycling equipment. R2R programs offer wounded veterans a necessary and rewarding option on their journey toward rehabilitation.

Registration for the BHRR is at 6 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 7 a.m. At 7:15 a.m., bike entrants depart; 8 a.m. 5K/10K course begins. 10 a.m. is the Family Festival with adult and kid obstacle courses, live music by Underwater People and Darryl Markette. Barbecue food is courtesy of Kookers.

Partnerships and sponsorships include, but not limited to: Duchossois Family Foundation, Barrington Running Company, Barrington Junior Women's Club, Northern Trust, MJ Miller, The Wamberg Foundation, Wheel Werks of Crystal Lake, Bike Barrington.

For information, contact Karen Trzaska at Karentrzaska3@gmail.com or (847) 204-9164, or visit www.honorridebarrington.com.

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