100 injured veterans bike ride from Virginia to Ground Zero in the Ride to Recovery 9/11 Challenge

One hundred injured veterans cycled into New Jersey Tuesday as part of the Ride to Recovery 9/11 Challenge.

About 100 injured veterans ride over the Victory Bridge as part of the Ride to Recovery 9/11 Challenge. They rode from Arlington, Virginia to Ground Zero.

About 100 injured veterans ride over the Victory Bridge as part of the Ride to Recovery 9/11 Challenge. They rode from Arlington, Virginia to Ground Zero. (9/13/16)

EDISON - One hundred injured veterans cycled into New Jersey Tuesday as part of the Ride to Recovery 9/11 Challenge.

The 330-mile ride is sponsored by United Health Care and is part of the Ride to Recovery Challenge series.

The program uses long-distance cycling trips to help injured veterans recover from the physical and mental injuries they sustained during their military service.

Event director Joe Coddington says that the event is also an outlet for veterans to bond over their experiences.

"Being able to ride side by side with another vet that was injured really gives them the common ground to talk, and when they start talking to each other through peer-to-peer counseling, they're able to tell their stories,” Coddington says.

The veterans started their ride on Sept. 11 in Arlington, Virginia. They will complete the challenge Wednesday when they arrive at the Sept. 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.

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