Starting around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, veterans and active duty military cyclists from around the country will be biking from Arlington, Virginia, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as a way to show support for those wounded in military service. Some of the riders were wounded in service and will be on specially adapted bikes for this event.
Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church will be a stop for participants, providing a place to rest and to eat. Church services are canceled so that the congregation can support and cheer on the cyclists.
Unclouded Day, a bluegrass band from Calvert County, performing patriotic tunes as part of the stop. The public is welcome to be part of this event which will be held at the church’s Promised Land property, 10918 Taneytown Pike (Md. 140), about three miles outside Emmitsburg.
Cyclists on this two-day route travel 110 miles, with an overnight stay in Frederick County. The event is organized by World T.E.A.M., with the first Face of America ride held in 2000. A northern route, departing Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was added in 2016. World T.E.A.M.’s mission is to bring adaptive and able-bodied athletes together through inclusive athletic events.
For more information on the ride, visit www.wtsevent.org/faceofamerica. For more information in participating in Sunday’s stop at Tom’s Creek UMC, contact Heath Wilson at 410-758-7707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.