Last weekend’s Gulf Coast Two-Day Undefeated Bike Ride, benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation, raised $46,428 toward a $70,000 goal, and more donations were expected as of press time.
On Saturday and Sunday, 44 cyclists rode almost 200 miles from Niceville to Panama City and back in the effort to raise money and awareness for the foundation.
Many riders — who included Crestview residents Lamar Estridge and Paul Yungandreas — are active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses who took part to support the foundation that helps wounded EOD warriors, families of wounded and fallen EOD warriors and honors fallen EOD service members.
This is the second year for the Gulf Coast Two-Day Undefeated Bike Ride, which is one of three main rides. The West Coast ride also took place this past weekend and the East Coast Ride took place Sept. 28 and 29. There were also “world-wide, virtual rides” in locations that included Germany, Italy, Afghanistan, Guam, Bahrain and several locations in the U.S.
The combined rides raised $325,000 toward a $395,000 goal, a spokesperson said.