Wounded Warriors has announced that Nova Scotia has been added as the third host province for the Highway of Heroes Bike ride, making the journey more accessible for P.E.I. riders.
The first Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes Bike Ride N.S. (HHR N.S.) will take a group on a two-day cycling journey along the Highway of Heroes to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The ride aims to raise awareness and funds in support of ill and injured veterans, first responders and their families living with operational stress injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
P.E.I. spokesman Colin Craig said when the opportunity arose last year to become involved in Wounded Warriors Canada, he jumped at the chance to participate.
“I am physically limited as to what exercises I can do, but cycling fits the bill for me,” he said.
An active police officer for more than 20 years, Craig has been off on disability for some time, so becoming involved with Wounded Warriors has been beneficial to him.
“(It) helps me to know that I'm not alone, that there are people out there who have your back and who understand what oftentimes only other first responders can comprehend.”
In 2013, a section Highway 111 was renamed the Highway of Heroes. Known locally as the Circ, Highway 111 starts at the Dartmouth side of the MacKay bridge and ends at Pleasant Street.
Registration is now open for the event, which will kick off Saturday, Aug. 24, at 14 Wing in Greenwood and ends in Halifax at Citadel Hill.
Craig encourages others to participate, including veterans, first responders, military, family members, civilians, injured or non-injured.
“I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend in August than pushing yourself, challenging yourself and tapping into that inner strength that you may not even know is within you.”