Fisher Brothers partner Winston Fisher is set to lead a group of eight amateur and former professional athletes on a coast-to-coast bike race across America.
Their aim is to raise $250,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to build nine new medical centers for wounded military heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
“We are just beginning to understand the trauma inflicted on the human brain by concussions caused by combat, and these centers are already doing incredible good for our military men and women,” said Fisher.
“We are racing for them – our service members who have already made incredible sacrifices for us and our freedom. Riding 3,000 miles on a bicycle will be nothing compared to what they have endured for us.”
Led by Fisher, Team Intrepid Fallen will include Evan “Chip” Marks, co-founder of Sungate Asset Management LLC, a family office in New York specializing in real estate investment. The team’s manager is Jimmy Riccitello, who also will be riding for the team, is the technical director for Ironman and a two-time XTERRA World Champion. Other members of the team include Brian Collins, head of development for Fisher Brothers; Hal Goldstein, founder of NY based architecture firm Janson Goldstein; Scott Cohen, acquisitions and development at Fisher Brothers; Stefan Kusurelis, senior project architect for Janson Goldstein; and Dr. Robert DeStefano, one of NY’s leading sports chiropractors and ART practitioners.
They will ride their bicycles over 3,000 miles, coast-to-coast, in the 32nd Annual Race Across America, which begins on June 14 in Oceanside, CA.
The race is considered to be the world’s harshest endurance athletic event. The route touches 12 states, 88 counties and climbs over 170,000 vertical feet. Riders continuously propel themselves 24/7, coast-to-coast, over the Rockies and Appalachians, and through rain, wind, desert heat and possibly snow at elevations over 10,000 feet.
The first team across the finish line in Annapolis, MD is considered the winner, although every team that finishes will claim its own bragging rights.
To date, the teams competing in Race Across America have raised over $4,000,000 for charities of their choosing.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes team will donate to a $100 million campaign by the Intrepid Heroes Fund to build nine Intrepid Spirit NICoE Satellite Centers that allow service members to receive the latest in brain technology and treatment without having to separate them from their units or leave their families for extended periods of treatment.
The first two Intrepid Spirit Centers were opened last year at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. A third center is currently under construction Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and is expected to be operational later this year. Construction is also underway at a Ft. Bragg Center
Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the Department of Defense for operation and management upon completion.