June 13, 2012 // Franchising.com // Annapolis, MD - Team 4Mil, which is training, equipping, and supporting a team of previously wounded service members to compete in June's "Race Across America" (RAAM), proudly announces its partnership with international law firm SNR Denton. The firm has agreed to sponsor both American and British teams in the 3,000-mile race.
Race Across America was created in 1982 as a standard of athletic endurance and achievement. Individual cyclists and relay teams compete in the transcontinental contest, which this year begins in Oceanside, CA, and ends in Annapolis, MD, crossing 12 states and climbing a total of more than 100,000 feet. Unlike famous races such as the Tour de France, there are no stages—"the sun may set, but the race goes on."
In the last four years racers have raised an average of US$1 million per race for charities.
Team 4Mil is actually made up of two 10-rider squads. One will race to increase awareness and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded or sick US service members and their families overcome physical and psychological scars of war. The other, the US Military Service team, is comprised largely of active and retired military personnel, including officers, enlisted personnel, and even Navy SEALS. Several previously competed in triathlons or other multi-sport events.
Last year's Team 4Mil, which included members from all five branches of the US armed services, finished RAAM second among all teams, blazing the length of the country in 5 days, 12 hours, and 5 minutes.
SNR Denton, formed of the 2010 combination of US- and British-based firms, is also sponsoring the UK's Team Battle Back, whose eight riders are all military personnel who sustained injuries during service. Four are double amputees, who will be riding handbikes. The UK team has completed an intensive training program and will be accompanied by a dedicated civilian and military support crew.
The race begins June 16.
Team 4Mil co-founder Roy Collins said, "For riders who are previously wounded vets, the Race Across America has an even more profound meaning than just pitting themselves against some of the best endurance cyclists in the world. Many say that cycling was a big part of their rehabilitation, and that they hope to show other wounded vets that any goal is attainable, despite the obstacles."
He continued, "We're grateful for SNR Denton's commitment to enable members of our team to participate in adaptive cycling and rehabilitation programs. SNR Denton's support allows us to expand our program to include collaboration with the UK's Battle Back Battalion, which enables them to experience this event and both teams to share best practices on vets' recoveries."
SNR Denton global chairman Joseph Andrew coordinates the firm's ongoing support for 4Mil's mission. "We're very pleased to support both the US and UK teams," he said. "Besides honoring patriotism and military service, these riders are setting an example for other wounded veterans by demonstrating perseverance and a drive for achievement. Many have come through rigorous programs of mental and physical rehabilitation to enable them to lead active and independent lives. Almost all say cycling was a peaceful and meditative part of their recuperation. Well, now we'll see how that translates into cycling continuously from coast to coast in about a week."
Team 4Mil is a registered 501C3 charity dedicated to "keeping the warrior spirit alive!" by actively supporting wounded veteran programs thru direct partnership and financial contributions resulting from our participation in a variety of nationally organized cycling events, culminating in our competition in the world's most challenging endurance race, the Race Across America. Their website www.Team4Mil.org provides an introduction to each athlete and connects to their charitable benefactor, The Wounded Warrior Project.
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