Mary of Nazareth School will host a rest stop along the “Face of America” bike tour this Saturday, April 23, between 10:00 am and noon.
“Face of America” consists of a 110 mile ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg, and is one of the largest annual non-competitive bicycle rides in the Washington, D.C. region. The ride includes more than 700 participants, 175 of whom are disabled veterans. Participants ride together to honor US troops, and inspire injured veterans.
This is the fourth year that Mary of Nazareth will host a rest stop on its campus for the annual bike tour. Students and families look forward to welcoming riders to the school’s 190 acre campus, cheering them on, and handing them refreshments.
Mary of Nazareth Athletic Director and veteran, Rich Huelbig, says of the event, “This is an incredible opportunity for young people to witness the sacrifices made by many US service men and women. Our community is honored give back to our veterans, and excited to champion them to the finish line.” The event, created and organized by World T.E.A.M. Sports, celebrates its sixteenth race this year.
In anticipation of the event, Mary of Nazareth students will hear from veteran guest speakers on Friday, April 22. Veterans will talk with students about their job within their branch of the military. Three individual sessions of speakers will be held for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
Both Friday’s and Saturday’s events are organized by Mary of Nazareth’s Social Concerns Committee. The Committee works during the academic year to provide classroom instruction and volunteer opportunities that raise students’ awareness of their responsibility to act as good stewards within their communities.
Top: Mary of Nazareth students lined the road to the school to cheer on participants in last year’s “Face of America” bike tour.
Next: More than 700 participants in the “Face of America” bike tour will take a brief rest at Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown this Saturday. This photo from last year’s event shows many riders taking a break.
Photos by Mary of Nazareth.