Wounded warriors ride in Tour of Utah

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AMERICAN FORK -- Among the large number of cyclists participating in the Tour of Utah over the weekend was a group of wounded warriors.

Sgt. Travis Barlow, Cpl. Adam Jahnke and Sgt. Justin Wess are all marines injured while serving in Iraq.

As part of their rehabilitation they got involved in the Wounded Warrior Cycling Program.

The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project is a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA to provide year-round sports programs for severely wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the global war on terrorism. The wounded warriors and their family members are provided these opportunities free of charge, including transportation, lodging, adaptive equipment, and individualized instruction in over a dozen different winter and summer sports.
For the past six months, the marines have conditioned, trained and participated in several other races, but the Tour of Utah has always been their main goal.

The three rode during Saturday's 1000 Warriors race in American Fork Canyon.

"It was amazing experience for us. It really was. And something I've heard other guys talk about," Sgt. Barlow explained. "They've said not very many people in the world will do something like this. The fact, on top of being injured, we've accomplished something like this has been amazing for all of us."

A supporter of the wounded warriors waits along the track.
A supporter of the wounded warriors waits along the track.

The project manager for the Wounded Warriors Cycling Program, Brian Grenier couldn't have been prouder.

"Those guys just amazed me today... totally amazed me. Like a proud dad right now,"

Sgt. Wess had the fastest time of the group. Coming in at about six hours and 10 minutes.

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