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World T.E.A.M. Sports Inspires Successful Cross-Country Ride by Marine Veteran
Date:11/6/2013

Triangle, Virginia (PRWEB) November 06, 2013

On October 25, retired Marine Corps Major Jennifer Marino rolled her bicycle onto the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completing her 77-day Gold Star Ride. Inspired by World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Sea to Shining Sea cross-country rides with disabled veterans, as she rode across America, Marino met with parents of active duty military who lost their lives during their service.

“Jennifer’s trip is a testament to the impact that one person can have on the lives of others,” said Van Brinson, World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President, who rode with Marino during a North Carolina stage. “We at World T.E.A.M. Sports are proud to have been a small part of her ride.”

Retiring from 15 years of active duty in early August, Marino traveled west to California to begin her ride. At the end of her ride, she reported it was the people who defined her cross-country journey.

“I had planned to meet with about 52 families before we departed on the trip,” Marino recalled, “But I had a chance to meet with groups of families along the way, as well as added visits once the trip was underway. I think I probably met somewhere between 80 and 90 families, including lots of dads and some siblings as well.”

Visiting 20 states from California to Pennsylvania and covering 2,590 miles from her August 10 departure, Marino sometimes rode by herself, followed by her mother in a support vehicle. Often, she was joined by a companion or small group, the largest being an October 23 ride in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. “We attended the Beirut Remembrance Ceremony at the Beirut Memorial that morning, and then we did a 30-mile group ride in honor of the 30th
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