HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Riding from Houston to Fort Worth on a bicycle? More than 150 injured military veterans and their supports are tackling that almost 500-mile feat with their feet. The six-day UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge began on Monday with the fifth annual Clay Hunt Honor Ride preceding the event on Sunday.
The honor ride, which was open to the public, is a salute to Sergeant Clay Hunt, a U.S. Marine Corps sniper who called Houston his home. Sgt. Hunt served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before taking his life in March 2011. His death inspired President Obama to sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act into law on Feb. 12, 2015. The law will provide much-needed funding to improve access to quality mental health care and help reduce the cases of suicides among active military and veterans. The honor ride originated from the Houston area for the first time ever on Sunday; it began and ended on Sunday at the Humble Civic Center on Will Clayton Parkway.
The UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge began on Monday at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel on JFK Boulevard.