On Friday, September 11, 2020, local non-profit organization Working Dogs For Warriors (WDFW) will be hosting their 1st Annual 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride. WDFW provides service dogs and training to veterans and first responders in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. There are two options for people interested in this event: “Spicy” (the full-ride/ 70 miles) and “Mild” (a half-ride/ 25 miles). The full-ride is for more advanced riders, while the half-ride is perfect for beginners and young people.
A “Virtual” ride is also an option.
The event will begin at 6 am, leaving from Jack’s Concessions and Bike Rentals in Huntington Beach, 21291 Pacific Coast Hwy. The ride will proceed south along the Huntington Beach Bike Trail to the beginning of the Santa Ana River Trail (SART). Riders will head north-east to Green River Road in Corona. At this point they will turn around, stopping at Yorba Regional Park for a rest stop. The organization will be providing food and drinks for the riders. The “Mild” half-ride begins here. The finish line is back at Jack’s where participants will enjoy lunch at the beach.
“The Working Dogs For Warriors organization saved my life,” states Chad Evans.
Chad, a retired Marine Corps veteran, says “Having a service dog has allowed me to regain control over my life. After my time in the Corps, I was damaged – mentally and physically. I felt alone.” His dog, Luna, is a two year old Rottweiler. He continues “Luna loves me unconditionally. She doesn’t care if I’m broken. She has my back no matter what. The training we have received from WDFW and Mike Welsh has improved everything – my mind, my marriage, my relationship with my kids… I feel like a normal person again.”
Organizers have adopted the motto, “Let’s Roll!” from Todd Beamer. Todd was a passenger on Flight 93. He, and several other passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft from the hijackers. Their combined efforts saved an untold amount lives on that day. The event will be supported by WDFW volunteers along the route who will provide water, first aid stations, mechanical assistance, and support vehicles.
About Working Dogs For Warriors
WDFW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Rialto, CA. Serving the Inland Empire area, they help veterans and first responders get service dogs, provide K9 training, promote PTSD awareness, and provide community outreach. This is all completely free for qualifying recipients.
They work to combat the effects of PTSD through K9 companions. In addition to the relationship developed between the handler and the dog, a family is formed among the handlers. United through their common experience with trauma and tragedy, they are able to find solace in each other’s company. Through the dog training, companionship with their peers, and participating in our outreach programs, we are able to ease their daily burdens and assist them in re-engaging with the “civilian world”.
100% of every dollar raised goes directly back to the WDFW organization. Proceeds from the event will be used in rescuing dogs, training dogs to become certified as “service dogs”, training handlers, and maintaining the training facility. Additionally, WDFW provides outreach in the community in the form of pet therapy at schools, libraries, senior centers, hospitals, veteran centers, and rehabilitation facilities.
Anyone interested in participating in the ride, becoming an official sponsor, or getting service dog assistance can visit the WDFW website for more information –