The Tour of Duty, a group of 24 Australian and American military, firefighters and police riding bicycles across the United States to honor those who serve our nations, will stop at Jayco Inc.’s Middlebury, Ind., campus Thursday (Aug. 30).
According to a press release, Jayco is one of the main sponsors for the ride, which started from the USS Midway in San Diego on Aug. 12 and will finish in New York on Sept. 10. Jayco has donated the use of two motorhomes, a Seneca and a Greyhawk, for the Tour of Duty to use as support vehicles along their journey.
“We are proud to get behind such a great cause.” said Derald Bontrager, president of Jayco. “Those that serve our country continuously carry out selfless acts of courage and deserve the respect and admiration that this ride represents.”
In 2010, Australian and American firefighters and police united for a relay run across the United States from Los Angeles to New York, where Jayco also donated the use of two motorhomes as support vehicles. Since then, the Tour of Duty became an event of “great magnitude and pride,” according to the release.
As a cycling event for the first time, the 2,600-mile ride comprises of 20 stages across the United States. The ride pays tribute to the hundreds of people who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and to those who continue to serve in the fight for security and peace. Funds raised along the way will support the Wounded Warrior project and the New York Police and Fire widows and childrens fund.