LaGrange residents David Fagundes, Bill Hunnicut and David Skinner are using the race as a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization aids military members who were injured after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
“I just thought it was an incredible organization and how cool would it be to send donations up there,” Fagundes said.
The trio is almost to its goal of $1,000 and hopes to exceed it by the time of the race, Sept. 10.
The annual adventure jam race, which raises money for the city’s River Park project, also plans to donate $100 to the Wounded Warrior organization, said organizer Traci Martin. The race already draws soldiers from Fort Benning each year.
Before the race starts, the Wounded Warrior Project will be explained and a moment of silence will be held for Sept. 11. A military fly-over is being planned, and the “mystery events” included in the race will be military-themed, whether it’s a mental or physical challenge.
The race is in its sixth year and includes a mountain bike trail, canoe and kayak race and a hike. Teams of three compete or individuals may enter as a “solo.”
All legs will begin and end at West Point Lake, not at the recreational fields as in years past. The canoe/kayak race will be on the Chattahoochee River, paddling downstream first, then paddling upstream.
Hiking will be on trails, across dams, on roads, down steps, up hills and maybe a little on river rocks, for six miles total, Martin said.
The cost to enter the race is $40 per person. Information can be found at www.westpointadventurerace.com.
— For information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www. woundedwarriorproject. org. To donate to the local effort, send a tax-deductible check payable to “WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT” to Dr. David Fagundes, c/o “Wounded Warrior Project,” 105 Parker Drive, Suite A, LaGrange, GA 30240.