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
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.