The Ride Of Your Life To Raise Funds Supporting Our Wounded American Heroes

Our History

RA History and Milestones


Ride Allegheny was founded in 2001 by Clark Wagner, who was joined by Walt Ellenberger, Dave Baseheart, and three 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.

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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The Beginning
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
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!
RA collected almost 80k for the Cause!
Another successful year!
2007 Highlights
Pre-Ride Dinner in Homestead, PA
Coffee houses and pubs provide discounts and freebies to support RA!
Great Accomodations
Several 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 started supporting Ride Allegheny - it's a great resource for all your cycling needs!
Great Fundraising Effort
We top $200k
Our PhotoGallery on Instagram
Visit IG to see our Photo Galleries!
We are on a Facebook!
Visit our FB Page!
Great Teamwork
Our youngest rider at age 14 makes the full 310-mile ride! (along with Dad).
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