Soldier Ride the Hamptons will be dedicated on Saturday to Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that makes financial, medical, and emotional assistance available to United States soldiers wounded overseas.
Registration will get under way at 7:45 a.m. at the Principis’ Ocean View Farm on Montauk Highway in Amagansett. The dedication and blessing, given by the Rev. Steven E. Howarth of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, will begin at 8:45, and the riders will set out at 9.
The shorter, 30-mile route will take riders into Sag Harbor, where a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in part of which marines from Lance Corporal Haerter’s battalion will accompany the wounded vets as they cross the bridge there that was named for the lance corporal, who grew up in Sag Harbor and was killed in action in Iraq in 2008. For walkers, the 4.5-mile course will begin and end on Long Wharf. The event has grown not only as a way to provide assistance to young, wounded American servicemen and women, but also as a way for them to meet one another, which in itself is a source of support, and engage in the uplifting and physically restorative activity of bicycling.
The longer ride, 60 miles, will take riders to Montauk and then back to the farm in Amagansett, where, also at the Principi farm, they will be treated to a barbecue and a concert, Rock the Farm, with, among others, the reggae legends Toots and the Maytals. Tickets to the concert alone are sold separately online at RockTheHamptons.org.