It all started with a vision Heather Viveiros saw in 2015. The vision was about uniting people together who have different physical interests (via a relay) to raise awareness about the significants of October 7, 2001 and to recognize the sacrifices our military, first responders and their families have made for us all and keep our promise that we will Never Forget them.
With the help and support from Lance Sven founder of Run Anyway Foundation and David Fall an Air Force Combat Veteran - Massachusetts Firefighter and the Co-Founder of Stride & Ride Inc. the relay became a reality October 7, 2017.
Stride & Ride spans 911 miles from Boston, Massachusetts to Arlington, Virginia. We created this relay to honor and remember those who perished on 9/11, our Military Men and Women who deployed October 7th, 2001, those lost at war, those who lost their lives due to the invisible wounds of war; and support those currently serving, including our Veterans, First Responders and their families.
This come g year of 2019 will be the 3rd Annual relay will begin on Saturday, October 5th, 2018. We will meet at the 9/11 Memorial at Boston Logan Airport 1 Hotel Drive by 5:30 a.m. A Blessing ceremony will start at 6:15a.m. At 6:45 am motorcyclists will kick off the relay event. We will be traversing through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C. The relay ends Saturday, October 12th 3:00p.m in Arlington, Virginia. There are multiple stages varying from one to sixty miles for Runners, Cyclists, Walkers/Ruckers, and Motorcyclists. For a nominal $30 fee. Participants can register for one or more stages of the relay. To further the cause, supporters are encouraged to raise additional funds and for those who want to participate, but cannot, we welcome you to donate directly on the event website.
Below are the following states, cities and towns we will be relaying through
Starting in Massachusetts: traversing through Boston, Chestnut Hill, Auburndale, Natick, Framingham, Sudbury,Worcester, Worcester.
Connecticut: Windsor Locks, East Hartford, Wethersfield, Meriden,Wallingford,North Haven, New Haven, Bridgeport, Westport.
New York: Valhalla, Yonkers, New York, NY
New Jersey: Jersey City, Bayonne, Elizabeth, Cranford, Linden,
South Amboy, Aberdeen Township, Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Monroe Township, Forked River,Manchester Township, New Egypt, Cookstown, Pennsauken Township.
Pennsylvania: Bristol,Yardley,Doylestown,Philadelphia, Downingtown, Parkersburg, Gap, Lancaster, Columbia,Wrightsville, York,Gettysburg,Chambersburg,Thomas, Fort Loudon, Mcconnellsburg, Harrisonville, Stoystown, Central City, Everett.
Maryland: Hagerstown, Funkstown,Boonsboro, Brunswick.
Virginia: Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Great Falls, McLean, Arlington, Fort Myer.
District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.): Please Note: although Washington D.C is broken up into many stages, for the Tactical Team we will be walking/rucking all day on Saturday October 13. All who sign up in Washington D.C are more than welcome to join us all day and or for multiple stages.
With your help and support, Together we will honor and remember all of our Military Men and Women who so willingly left the safety of their homes to serve our country and continue doing so to this very day, while giving thanks to our Veterans, First Responders and pay our respects to the 2,977 lives lost on 9/11.
To learn how the relay works and the different stages please read the Participants Guide by clicking on the following link http://www.strideandride.com/Runners-Guid-c-53.asp
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