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Wounded veterans begin bike ride to Fort Worth

2013 Ride 2 Recovery challenge helps overcome obstacles


SAN ANTONIO - A group of wounded warriors is taking on a 343-mile bike ride as part of their recovery.

The 2013 Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge will take the group from San Antonio to Fort Worth over a six-day period.

The group left Ft. Sam Houston on Monday morning

Even though Staff Sgt. Timothy Brown lost both legs and an arm after stepping on a improvised explosive device in Iraq, he isn't letting that stop him.

A specially designed bike and a prosthetic arm allows him to pedal with his hands.  

He said the freedom of riding a bike is giving him a new way to cope with his situation.

"Being able to have a physical outlet for all your frustration and energy and all that really helps. That's why I ride so much -- so I can basically put all the anger and frustration down into the ground and just sweat it out of me," said Brown.

Riders say the challenge is therapeutic physically, as well as mentally and emotionally. It gives them a chance to bond with others who understand what they're going through.

"It's group therapy. It gives you a whole new meaning on life. It gives you freedom, gives you independence (and) it's just rejuvenating," said First Sgt. Robert Ferrara, a program manager at Brooke Army Medical Center.

"It's not so much about cranking out (or) trying to get as much speed as you possibly can, you're also hanging out with friends, talking with new people (and) enjoying the ride," said Brown.

The ride will wrap up with a special ceremony in Fort Worth on April 14.

The Ride 2 Recover Challenge is held in partnership with the Fitness Challenge Foundation, which raises money for cycling recovery programs and help injured Veterans overcome obstacles.

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