Sea to Shining Sea: State Farm sponsors cross-country ride with a Tahoe stop this week |

Sea to Shining Sea: State Farm sponsors cross-country ride with a Tahoe stop this week

Community submitted photoSeth Arseneau, U.S. Army Specialist, competing on his handcycle is an example of the determination and spirit of service men and women who will ride from Sea to Shining Sea.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and#8212; A team of exceptional athletes, many of whom are wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans representing all military branches, departed from the Golden Gate Bridge Saturday, May 22 for World T.E.A.M. Sportsand#8217; inaugural bike trek across America: Sea to Shining Sea. Sea to Shining Sea honors the courage of Americaand#8217;s service men and women, recognizes the strength of the American spirit and challenge perceptions of athletes. The ride will conclude in Virginia Beach July 24.

Spanning 63 days and 4,000 miles, the cyclists will test their physical limits and inspire people, disabled or not, to live active and enriched lives. The group will cycle through deserts, mountain passes and historical landmarks providing dramatic proof that disabled Americans can lead productive lives and accomplish feats most people only dream about. Several riders have specially-designed bikes that make it possible for them to participate.

The riders will travel from Kirkwood to South Lake Tahoe May 26 for a water stop in Sorensons, lunch in Meyers and then end their dayand#8217;s journey in South Lake Tahoe followed by a day of rest. The riders will enjoy the sights of Lake Tahoe with a lunch at Riva Grill and boat ride on the Tahoe Queen May 27. South Lake Tahoe State Farm Agent Erik Watada and Tahoe City State Farm Agent Roxanne Duffield are serving as community coordinators for the ride. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Erik Watada State Farm Agency at (775) 588-5485 or Roxanne Duffield State Farm Agency at (530) 583-2886 for information details.

and#8220;This journey takes an incredible amount of fortitude! I think of doing this ride as an able bodied person and it seems daunting. These vets are entering a challenge of a lifetime that is awe inspiring. My hat goes off to them. We are honored to be able to welcome them to our community and encourage everyone to come out and show their support. Please come cheer them on and give them the strength to continue to the east coast,and#8221; added Roxanne Duffield, State Farm Agent.

Among the supporters joining the group will be Army Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, retired Marine Corps Gen. Robert Magnus and Ambassador Paul Bremer, who oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004.

and#8220;The selfless service of these warriors, including the injuries they sustained, is evidence of their courage, honor and commitment. Their indomitable will to succeed by completing the daunting Sea to Shining Sea ride is a testament to todayand#8217;s American military men and women,and#8221; said retired Marine Corps Gen. Robert Magnus. and#8220;I commend World T.E.A.M. Sports and State Farm for their own commitment to making this great ride possible.and#8221;

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State Farm is proud to sponsor the Sea to Shining Sea ride across America. In addition to funding, State Farm agents will be there for all 63 days of the Sea to Shining Sea ride serving as community coordinators.

For more information and to follow Sea to Shining Sea online, go to Also supporting the ride are MeadWestvaco Corporation, Dominion Resources, NewMarket Corporation, GE, Penske Truck Rental, Verizon Wireless, Westinghouse Electric Company and Soldiers Angels.

For more than 65 years, State Farm has demonstrated its commitment to service men and women through a world-class military leave policy and company programs like the employee Military Affinity Group, Adopt-a-Soldier, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and now as presenting sponsor of the Sea To Shining Sea cross-country bike ride.