10/5 - 10/8 2017

Our History

RA History and Milestones

Ride Allegheny was founded in 2001 by Clark Wagner, who was joined by Walt Ellenberger, Dave Baseheart, and thre neighborhood friends completing a chilly mid-October bicycling adventure from Pittsburgh to Gaithersburg following a delayed launch due to 9/11. We knew at that point in time we started something special from both a challenge and camaraderie perspective. read more

Fundraising since inception

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The Beginning

RA Founded  2001

Ride Allegheny was founded in 2001 by Clark Wagner, who was joined by five neighborhood friends completing a chilly mid-October bicycling adventure from Pittsburgh to Gaithersburg following a delayed launch due to 9/11. We knew at that point in time we started something special from both a challenge and camaraderie perspective.

Partnership formed

RA+OSC

Several wounded veterans ride 2 and 4 day routes!

  2005

In March 2005 we had the good fortune to meet Cindy McGrew and hear about the important work she was doing for injured Soldiers and Marines recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. Her passion and dedication were infectious and we quickly decided that our ride could play a meaningful role in young heroes’ lives. The rest is history, based on our commitment to raise money Cindy formed Operation Second Chance a non profit 501 (c) 3 status organization dedicated to helping injured Soldiers and Marines transition back to active duty or civilian life.

Our First Successful Fundraising!

Fundraising   2006

RA collected almost 80k for the Cause!

Another successful year!

2007 Highlights

2007   2007

Pre-Ride Dinner in Homestead, PA

Coffee Houses   2008

Coffee houses and pubs provide discounts and freebies to support RA!

Pubs

Great Accomodations

Hotels   2009

HotelsSeveral hotels provide discounted rates for our participants: Marriott Residence Inn, Homestead Marriott Courtyard, Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh/Waterfront-West Homestead, Ramada Cumberland, Fairfield Inn Cumberland, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn.

Mechanical assistance

JRABS is a great resource for all your cycling needs.

JRABS   2010

JRABS JRABS started supporting Ride Allegheny!

Great Fundraising Effort

Fundraising

We top $200k

  2011

Our PhotoGallery on Google +

Google+   2012

Google+Visit Google+ to see our Photo Galleries!

We are on a Facebook!

Facebook Visit our FB Page!

2013

Facebook At Arlington Cemetery "Training Rides"

Great Teamwork

Our youngest rider at age 14 makes the full 310-mile ride! (along with Dad).

Family Team  2014

Family Team

In March 2005 we had the good fortune to meet Cindy McGrew and hear about the important work she was doing for injured Soldiers and Marines recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. Her passion and dedication were infectious and we quickly decided that our ride could play a meaningful role in young heroes’ lives.

The rest is history, based on our commitment to raise money Cindy formed Operation Second Chance a non profit 501 (c) 3 status organization dedicated to helping injured Soldiers and Marines transition back to active duty or civilian life.

Since 2005 we have raised over $950,000 for OSC. What started as an adventure became a cause, the challenge of just finishing the ride took on a far more important meaning. The friendships we gain from fellow riders and support we provide to true American Heroes has made this annual event very special.

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