Marie B. Tracy (Marty) (U.S. Air Force, 27), has served the military for 6 years and has just returned in Afganistan where she worked as a Logistics Advisor. In riding across the country, Marty hopes to highlight the diversity of service people our military has, especially the LGBTQ community, and is riding for the service of all veterans. Marty is grateful for her ever-supportive friends and family, especially Front Runners New York. In 2011, Marty earned her Master’s Degree in History from Columbia.
Glenn Isaac Fretz (U.S. Army Ret., 41) served during Desert Storm, earning the Army Service Ribbon and The Nat’l Defense Service Medal. After an accident left him paralyzed in ’94, Glenn struggled to rebuild his life. Thanks to the support of his two children and wife who he met in Guam, he has participated in over 10 Wheelchair Games since ’02. He holds a B.A. in History (Class of’09) and is riding for those who never made it home.
Ryan Creel (SSG U.S. Army Ret., 31) served as a U.S. Army Combat Photographer during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After multiple deployments to the Middle-East, S.E. Asia and the Balkans, Ryan was diagnosed with chronic PTSD and medically retired from the U.S. Army after 13 years of honorable service. Since 2010, Ryan has used cycling as a form of therapy and aims to inspire others with PTSD to overcome their challenges via exercise and peer-to-peer camaraderie.
Colleen Bushnell (U.S. Air Force Ret., 39) served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After MST in 2006, Colleen experienced homelessness, PTSD, and suicidality. Today, she is an advocate for all victims of assualt and is riding to bring awareness about women in the military and single-parent veterans. She is recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and The Nat’l Defense Service Medal. See Colleen’s Blog
Steve Taylor (U.S. Air Force Ret., 59) was drafted to the military in 1971. He spent the next 26 years serving his country in tours as broad as the Noriega Conflict in Panama to both conflicts in Iraq. After an injury left him partially paralyzed in 2004, Steve spent many years in recovery. A ride across the nation will be his biggest feat to date, something he wants to do to inspire veterans and civilians alike to never give up.