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335 Miles for Veterans is an annual fundraiser started by Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania’s (VLP) case manager, Jack Kudrav, United States Army Veteran and avid cyclist, who rode his bicycle 335 miles from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, D.C. for one reason – to remember and honor military veterans. Read about his full journey here!

In 2016, Jack was accompanied by 19 other riders who heard Jack’s story and were inspired to help him in his fundraising efforts. The team left from VLP’s offices on June 30th and arrived in our nation’s capital on July 4th after bicycling 335 miles along the Great Allegheny Passage and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal trails. In just four months, the team raised more than $26,000! Click here to see photos from their ride, including the starting line and finish line celebrations!

—- JOIN THE 2017 CYCLING TEAM —-

335 Miles for Veterans is about embracing our veterans, embracing our freedom on Independence Day and recognizing all the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. Do you want to join a team of military veterans and supporters of the veteran community for this year’s Fourth of July ride to D.C.? Registration is now open! Choose between two different heats:

Registration

  • Rapid: The Rapid group will bicycle to D.C. in four days, leaving from Pittsburgh on July 1st and arriving in D.C. on July 4th with the rest of the group. Participants must be able to bike 100 miles per day.
  • Tour: The Tour group will bicycle to D.C. in five days, leaving from Pittsburgh on June 30th and arriving in D.C. on July 4th with the rest of the group. Participants must be able to bike 75 miles per day.

Fundraising 
When you register on CrowdRise.com, you’ll create an account to start your fundraising efforts. Each rider participating in 335 Miles for Veterans is asked to raise a minimum of $1 per mile, or $335 by June 30, 2017. Proceeds benefit the men and women veterans who come to VLP during their critical time of need. Each year, VLP serves more than 2,500 local veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, unemployed or underemployed, or facing an emergency. By connecting them to housing, jobs and essential services, VLP is helping veterans find a better life for themselves and their families.

For questions, please contact info@vlpwpa.org or (412) 481-8200.