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Watch As Wounded Warriors Pedal Towards Key West

Injured military personnel including Army Staff Sgt. Sam Oelke, left, and retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Caudillo, right front, ride bicycles by elementary school children and teachers during the Florida Keys Soldier Ride Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Marathon, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Wounded military personnel and their supporters pedaled across the Seven Mile Bridge and sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Friday during the annual Florida Keys Soldier Ride cycling event from Key Largo to Key West.

Some 45 individuals participated in the event organized by the Wounded Warrior Project to provide inspiration and raise funds for injured soldiers recovering in American military hospitals.

Although some riders are missing one or more limbs from combat injuries, they used specially adapted bicycles.

WWP cross-country and Keys bicycle trips provide physical rehabilitation for injured soldiers and raise funds to help foster veterans’ independence,  transport soldiers and their families between home and hospital, and develop peer-mentoring programs.

The Keys Soldier Ride continues Saturday into Key West and the group is scheduled to interact with dolphins at the Marathon-based Dolphin Research Center Sunday.