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Soldiers ride through county


Participants in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride head out from the start line as they begin the 25-mile trek through Williamson County.  Photos by Carole Robinson

Even with the light drizzle and overcast skies, plenty of people turned out last Saturday morning to cheer the 25 wounded warriors participating in the annual Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride. 
The bike-riding soldiers, who came from all over the country, gathered at Battle Ground Academy before beginning the tour of Williamson County’s countryside.  

Wounded Warrior Jeremy Richmond pauses from the ride to autograph Westhaven resident Carson Winn’s ‘Thank You’ sign.

Soon after the soldiers set off, hundreds of supporters took off on the 8K walk/run. 
Jason Gill was a member of the 101st Airborne when he was wounded in Afghanistan in 2001. 
With his wife Allyson and son Reeves, who came in second place in the Kids Fun Run, cheering him on, he ran the 8K to support those who couldn’t run.
Bryan Ulmer, who retired from the military due to an injury, used his mobility walker for support and determination to make it the entire distance. 
Since Ulmer raised more money than last year, he said his goal was to “finish with a little better time than last year’s.” 
He participates to “help out and feel like I’m doing something,” he said. “The Good Lord has been good to me. He has his reasons for what happens and I am blessed in so many ways. It’s my way of sharing.”
The bicyclists made a couple of stops to refresh and rest. At each one they were met with warm, enthusiastic supporters.

Posted on: 11/21/2013


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