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About 250 runners and riders participated in Sunday’s third annual Honor Ride and Run through the streets of Barrington, raising an estimated $40,000 to support life changing cycling programs that help our country’s wounded veterans continue in their recovery process.
Funds raised support Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit organization that equips wounded veterans with bikes customized to accommodate their injuries. The organization also offers training and hosts rides for physical and mental benefits that impact veterans’ lives forever.
Participants in Sunday’s event chose between a 5 or 10K run or a 29.5 mile bike ride through Barrington.
The race started with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Barrington where participants paused for a few words from Ride 2 Recovery Chief Operating Officer and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel David Haines.
David was in town for the race from his home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He put the whole mission into new perspective when he shared more about his own personal recovery after he and four fellow soldiers were hit by a roadside bomb while serving our country.
“In 2006 I was assigned to an infantry unit in Baghdad, Iraq and was hurt by a roadside bomb. I was on a mounted patrol in an up-armored Humvee and was hit on one of the main routes in Baghdad by a bomb that basically shoots molten shrapnel through the armor of the vehicle.”
“There were five people including myself on this vehicle. One person was killed and all of the three other men who survived lost limbs so it was a very serious incident and I was fortunate enough that, though my injuries were very serious, I managed to keep all of my limbs.”
“But I was evacuated through the system and spent about four months as a patient at Walter Reed and then about two-and-a-half-years rehabilitating after that. I had shattered my right hand, shrapnel damage to my left arm and shattered my right femur so for my life and for my military career, that was kind of a defining point.”
David says cycling has played a major role in his personal rehabilitation goals, allowing him to stay involved with the military and connect others with the cause, like Barrington Honor Ride & Run Founder and Chicago-based FOX News Channel Correspondent, Mike Tobin……
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Help teach your kids how important it is to protect and preserve our open land with the first ever Family Planting Day hosted by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust this Saturday, September 21st. They’ll reserve a plot of land just for your family to plant at Pedersen Preserve across from Barrington High School and all you have to bring are your gardening gloves and some helping hands from your own families.
Family Planting Day is happening from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, September 21st. You’ll find the Pedersen Preserve at Hart & Lake-Cook Roads across from BHS.
With a tax-deductible donation of $100, you will receive a planting area just for your family plus native plantings and supplies to help sustain the new vegetation as it takes root. You will also receive a plaque to decorate, marking your family’s plot and they will be taking photos of your families to give you, in thanks for your contribution. The donation also includes a 1-year membership to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust so you can be a part of their ongoing efforts to preserve the open spaces and natural resources in and around Barrington.
Here’s the schedule of activities they have planned for Family Planting Day……
The 27th annual Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival opens in Barrington this Friday and, if you have kids, this is one summer event you DO NOT want to MISS! Volunteers with the school’s PTO have planned a great event to benefit school programs and the theme this year is CARNIVAL HAPPENS :)!
For the first time, they’ll have a photo booth at this year’s event and all of your favorite carnival activities will be back!
They’ll have face painting, games and rides like the Motorbikes and Dragon Train for little ones.
Plus the popular big kid rides will be back like the Yo Yo Swings, the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Super Shot.
In addition to the rides, there will be games, prizes, live music, dance performances and great carnival food including Noodles & Co. mac ‘n cheese, pizza, chicken breasts, salad w/dressings, Starbucks coffee, funnel cake, cotton candy and much more!
All are invited to Carnival Happens at the Grove School campus (908 S. Grove in Barrington). Here are the dates, times and a look at the schedule of events……