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The Wheel Deal: Chris Carney

By Cristina Goyanes

Ideas cooked up at a bar generally don't hold much water. But Chris Carney's suggestion several years ago was a keeper. After hosting a fund-raiser for a wounded soldier, the personal trainer and amateur cyclist from East Hampton, New York, impulsively offered to do a solo coast-to-coast charity bike ride to raise more money. Word of his Soldier Ride spread quickly, and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit dedicated to helping injured veterans, invited him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to meet the servicemen he would be biking for. "The first thing that hit me was their youth," Carney says. "These guys were all in their early twenties. It affected me tremendously." In August 2004 he set out on an almost 5,000-mile route from Montauk, New York, to San Diego.

Before Carney ended his journey on October 7, Heath Calhoun and Ryan Kelly, two wounded veterans who rode with him in Denver, were already planning his second ride, for 2005; they accompanied him the entire trip. By 2006, Carney had raised nearly $4 million -- and lifted the spirits of scores of injured men and women. "Soldier Ride opened my eyes to what my life could be like by not letting my disability define me," says Dan Nevins, a wounded vet. Now executive vice president of events for WWP, Nevins oversees Soldier Rides in 14 states that are open to everyone. Carney is focusing on ways to expand the program. "There are people in warrior transition units all over the world," Nevins says. "Why can't we take Soldier Ride there? That's what Chris continues to pioneer."

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization: http://www.womenofmeans.org

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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