We can tie a bow on the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s first Warriors in Motion® (WIM) mountain biking program of the season, as the three-day event has come to a close.
“I had a great time as always,” said Eric Goroshko, a participant in the WIM program. “”It’s very relaxing, being up here, but also you can see the growth that you’ve had from previous seasons or other practice that you’ve gotten.”
The group of seven veterans and five volunteers started the mid-week excursion right at Windham Mountain, where they were able to utilize the trail “Wooly Bear”, which has banked turns and rougher terrain. “Wooly Bear” provided a perfect place for the group to get a feel for its bikes and its abilities on mountain paths.
On Wednesday, the Warriors in Motion hit the road to Tannersville, just a 30-minute drive from Windham, to really get into the mountain environment. They biked along Huckleberry Trails and stopped to have a lunch at Rip Van Winkle Lake. After lunch, the warriors went right back on the trails to get more exercise and to be one with nature.
The event concluded on Thursday morning after a bike trip from the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center to the Windham Path, where the veterans rode the path for several laps before lunch and farewells back at ASF.
“This is the first time that I’ve done mountain biking, so the ASF got me into this whole thing,” Goroshko said. “I had a really great time though, and I’m really appreciative of this.”
The WIM program provides participating injured United States servicemen and women with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthy living. All Warriors in Motion programs are goal oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness.
The ASF’s next Warriors in Motion event will take place on July 12-14 and will be its second Road Cycling program. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the ASF will be able to provide bicycle rentals (to those who need them), helmets, water bottles, all meals, hotel rooms, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, ponchos (if necessary) and maps, both digital and paper copies.
If you’d like to donate to the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program, or any of the other programs the ASF has to offer, click here.
View the below video to see testimonials from some of this week’s WIM participants!