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New event honors Wounded Warriors as part of cycling event to Silverton

Durango, CO – Saturday, May 23, 2015, as cyclists race from Durango to Silverton alongside the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as part of the 44th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic(IHBC), more than 80 representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project, the Adaptive Sports Association, local veterans, and their families will also depart Durango and head to Silverton aboard the inaugural Iron Horse Memorial Train.
The new event ties the iconic cycling event to the true meaning of Memorial Day – to remember those who died in active military service.
“The Memorial Train is a profound, significant event that allows us to incorporate the commemoration of Memorial Day into the Iron Horse weekend,” said Scott Mathis, IHBC board member and chair of Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors. “The real significance of the Memorial weekend is too often forgotten. In creating the Memorial Train, we wanted to bring the significance of Memorial Day to the forefront.”
In addition to traveling to Silverton alongside the cyclists, the Memorial Train will give participants the opportunity to ride the train with 10 local dignitaries, including Mathis; Ed Zink, founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic; Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; and more. Upon arrival in Silverton, Memorial Train riders will enjoy a welcome ceremony at Memorial Park, including the playing of “Echo Taps,” a color guard presentation, dignitary speeches and lunch.
The special train is sponsored by Mercy Regional Medical Center, a long-time supporter of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. “Mercy is the ideal sponsor for an event of this nature, given its commitment to health care and caring for those in our communities,” said Mathis. “We are pleased to have the Iron Horse and Mercy hospital partner for this inaugural event.”