The first annual bicycle ride supporting women Veterans and Rose Haven occurs on June 2, 2018. Part of the Healing Vets Weekend planned for May 31 through June 2, The Ride for Rose Haven (RFRH) begins and ends on the picturesque Waterfront in Washington, NC.
Ride for Rose Haven: Supporting Women Veterans
The first annual bicycle ride supporting women Veterans and Rose Haven occurs on June 2, 2018. The Ride for Rose Haven (RFRH) is on the last day of The Healing Vets Weekend and offers an activity and pathway to engage women Veterans, and other Veterans and non-Veterans alike to continue the on-going healing journey to becoming “whole” again.
For women Veterans, the RFRH, and Healing Vets Weekend overall, presents an opportunity to ride for a cause and to come together in mutual support.
For Veterans overall, the RFRH, and weekend, offers a chance to support fellow Veterans, and to engage their own healing.
Finally, the RFRH offers bicycle enthusiasts, or just the recreational rider, an opportunity to become part of the community that understands and promotes activities that support healing for women Veterans while spending a day doing what they enjoy doing most – RIDING. The RFRH offers something for everyone.
The RFRH offers a choice of day rides that start and end on the picturesque waterfront in Washington, NC and each ride tours the scenic North Carolina Inner Banks.
Our Three Rides
Maps of the three (short [Petal Tour], medium [Eastward Tour], and long [Ride for Roses]) rides are below!
Riders must check in to get their participant packet containing ride numbers, wrist bands, information, maps and cue sheets, and tee-shirts. Check-in and Information Center is at Festival Park in downtown Washington, NC starting at noon on Friday, June 1st, closing at 6:00 p.m. Check-in will open again at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2nd. The Information Center will stay open until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Start and Finish
- Start located on Water Street bordering Festival Park
- Opening ceremony starts at 7:20 a.m., mass start at 7:30 a.m.
- Return by 6:30 p.m. when route and informational services end
We encourage riders to consider forming teams to help to train for the RFRH and also ride together the day of the ride. Teams might also consider fundraising on their training and ride from family, friends and others to support Rose Haven. RFRH will list teams on website and in Festival Park starting the Friday of the ride weekend.
Safety Rules and Guidelines
Obey all traffic laws, including North Carolina bicycle laws and Ride for Rose Haven rules. Helmets are required. More comprehensive safety guidelines are provided in the registration packet.
First Aid/Emergency Needs
Available in mobile units along the route and at rest stops. Please carry your cellular phone in a waterproof cover. Bike Service: Stationed at Festival Park and at Inner Banks Outfitter. Please tune your bike prior to the ride!
Rest stops will be manned on the Eastward and Ride for the Roses routes. An ending refreshment station will be located in Festival Park for all finishers.
All riders, their families and support groups are welcome to camp on Friday night at Festival Park. There will be no charge for camping. Porta Pottys and portable showers will be available. Power stations for charging cell phones will also be available. You will need to indicate on your registration form if you plan on camping. Parking for the Healing Vets Weekend and RFRH is available in three remote areas all within 4-5 blocks of Festival Park and downtown Washington. There will be no shuttles, but riders and families can unload at Festival Park before parking their vehicles.
Optional Friday Dinner
A pre-ride dinner is offered to riders and their families and support groups for $12 a plate. The meal will be catered by award-winning and local favorite Carryout by Chrislyn. The menu will include:
Chicken Caprese – Grilled Chicken breast topped with fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil and Balsamic glaze. Gluten free/low fat — OR —
Pasta Primavera – Farfalle pasta tossed with a light lemon butter sauce with fresh vegetables
Greek Orzo salad – Feta, kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, garbanzo beans with orzo in a light Greek vinaigrette
Grilled Vegetables – Portobello, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, brussel sprouts
Salad bar – Mixed greens with toppings (tomatoes, cucumbers, grated carrots, red onion, banana peppers, dried cranberries, nuts, grated cheese) with an assortment of homemade dressings.
Assortment of mini pastries
There is no rain date. Roses grow with sun and rain. In case of severe weather, RFRH reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the tour/routes for safety concerns. In any case, we do not refund tour fees or transfer registration to another year. In the unlikely case a tour is canceled, you may claim your registration fee as a tax-deductible donation.
The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities is a Washington, N.C. nonprofit that rehabilitates failing or vacant historic homes for use in residential programs for female Veterans and disabled Veterans and their families, many of whom suffer from physical trauma, emotional trauma, or both. Restoring these historic houses provides homes and a place to rehabilitate their bodies and souls – and catalyzes community sustainability. Our initial pilot project, Rose Haven, is a reintegration home for female Veterans recovering from substance abuse. Rose Haven also includes the development of a program of social resilience to help facilitate community reintegration. Social resilience promotes interactional skills that are critical to help Veterans work through barriers because of their trauma. Find out more information about PRISC at www.pamlicorose.org or Rose Haven at https://www.pamlicorose.org/project/rosehaven/.