North County Times: "Ride for Heroes" to reach Pendleton on Friday

ride for heroes member biking cross-country

By Mark Walker | North County Times | | August 7, 2012

Four recumbent tricycle riders who departed St. Augustine, Fla., in early June for fundraising trip for the Oceanside-based Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund are scheduled to arrive at Camp Pendleton on Friday afternoon.

Three of the participants in the "Ride for Heroes" are former Marines, including a double amputee Afghanistan veteran.

The 2,800-mile trip generally followed the Interstate 10 corridor. Riders used main and secondary roads and averaged about 70 miles a day.

The double amputee is former Lance Cpl. Ben Maenza, who lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan when he was assigned to Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

Maenza finished second in the hand-cycle division of this year's Boston Marathon.

The riders have raised more than $75,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which is one of the most highly rated charities for injured troops and their families.

The last leg of the cross-continental journey is scheduled to take place Friday afternoon with the group due at Camp Pendleton's Del Mar beach at about 4 p.m.

For more information on the ride, see the group's Facebook page.

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