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Heroes riding through Rockdale for Fourth


Ben Maenza is among the riders who will roll through Rockdale this week to raise funds for catastrophically injured members of the U.S. military. Ben Maenza is among the riders who will roll through Rockdale this week to raise funds for catastrophically injured members of the U.S. military. Heroes are riding through Rockdale this July Fourth and they’re even spending the night.

That’s not “editorializing.” You don’t get much more into the hero category than recumbent trike riders who are rolling coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for catastrophically handicapped injured U. S. Marines, one of whom is on the ride.

The Ride for Heroes were due in Rockdale, rolling up FM 908 to US 79 downtown around midafternoon Tuesday (July 3).

They’re scheduled to spend Tuesday night in Shady Grove RV Park in Rockdale, then head to Georgetown on Wednesday.

Ride For Heroes started in San Augustine, Florida, on June 10 and is scheduled to end at Camp Pendleton, California, on Aug. 12.

The three-generation ride team consists of two business owners, an assistant professor of National Defense University and retired Lance Cpl. Ben Maenza.

Maenza, a resident of Brentwood, Tennessee, lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanstan in 2010. Nevertheless, he finished second in the wheeled division of the Boston Marathon in this year’s Boston Marathon.

So far, the riders have covered about 60 miles a day in everythng from torrential rain to broiling heat.

The ride benefits the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which has made over $62 milllion in grants to thousands of injured and critically ill members of the U. S. armed forces and their families.


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