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Undefeated 2-Day Ride Raises Over $180,000

Posted by Kathleen Smith

Each year ClearedJobs.Net sponsors the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation Undefeated Bike Ride.

And each year our VP of Sales, Carter Goodnough, donates his time and energy to support the production of the ride. The Undefeated EOD Bike Ride is a two-day, nearly 160 mile ride along Southern California’s coast from Santa Monica to Liberty Station in San Diego.

This year’s event saw 85 riders and 10 volunteers participate, raising over $180,000 for wounded EOD warriors and their families. All proceeds go to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation which funds and supports military EOD families caring for their loved ones at military medical facilities across the country. And to keep things in perspective, just the knee socket in a new leg can cost up to $60,000.

Kevin Childre, Undefeated 2-Day Bike RidePreparation for this year’s ride was particularly difficult for the organizing committee as the committee lost their friend Commander Kevin Childre to a horrible freak accident last May, while the team was on their annual Train of Pain training ride. The committee lost not only a friend, but also the leader of the committee. The team moved forward, but it was rarely easy, very stressful, and extremely mentally draining for all concerned.

The event began with the rider check-in Friday in San Diego in advance of the bus ride up to the starting point in Los Angeles. But the real work has been going on since 2009. That’s the year of the first ride which has now become an annual event.

All the Hard Work Begins to Come Together

Since Carter’s participation is key to the ride and its success, we asked him to share his thoughts on the event.

“Check-in is always a blast as lots of great friends gather from around the country and the building excitement for two days of riding for a great cause, this year in memory of our friend. At the Friday night dinner, the team and riders discussed final details and this year took a moment to reflect on Kevin’s contribution to the community, the warriors and their families.

“The ride on Saturday went very smoothly even with exceptionally high temperatures which, depending where you on the course, ranged from 100 to 106 degrees. Not the best day for nearly 100 miles of riding. Everyone made it safely to the next hotel, including the wounded athletes who ride with the crew. Sunday was cooler by about 10 to 15 degrees, but still hot. It was made just a bit easier by our very early start and the need to get to the beer garden at the finish line.

“The Finish Celebration included the beer garden, food trucks, a silent auction and a raffle. We also had a great program onstage to recognize the athletes, volunteers and sponsors. A great close to an amazing and powerful event.”

The emcee of the Finish Celebration for the fourth year was Steve Atkinson, co-anchor of 10News, the San Diego ABC station. During the celebration, Steve thanked the ClearedJobs.Net team for the contributions we have made over the years, including the personal contributions in fundraising, riding and coordinating that Carter Goodnough and John Nixon have made.

I thank them too.

2-Day Undefeated EOD Riders

This entry was posted on Monday, October 12, 2015 4:29 pm

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