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Veteran Harry Carr Featured in New Video

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, November 17 2014 – Air Force Veteran Harry Carr is featured in a newly-released video released by New England non-profit organization Northeast Passage.

Harry Carr and Jeff Henson.
Harry Carr (left) and Jeff Henson ride during the 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph by MaryAnn Rosolino.

The short video on YouTube features Carr, a visually-impaired rider who participated in World T.E.A.M. Sports’ June, 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge. Carr also has participated in other events from World T.E.A.M. Sports, including the annual Face of America ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge in western Colorado.

Despite his visual disability, Carr remains very active in outdoor sports, including cycling and water sports. He is interested in participating in the next cross-country Sea to Shining Sea ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports, tentatively scheduled for 2016 or 2017.

“I have participated in a couple of multi-day century rides since the 2014 CanAm and am preparing for winter indoor training,” reports Carr, who is spending part of the winter in Florida. Carr also intends to participate in the April 24-26 Face of America ride, from the Pentagon to Gettysburg, hosted by World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Harry Carr and other veterans at the Independence Day Parade in Washington.
Harry Carr, right, waits with other injured veterans for the start of the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. July 4, 2014. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Cycling Brings Together Veterans

Veterans David Santamore and Harry Carr.
Veterans David Santamore (left) and Harry Carr at the 2014 Face of America ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph courtesy Harry Carr.

By Richard Rhinehart

Ottawa, Ontario, June 16, 2014 – For two participants of the inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, the two week ride to Washington, D.C. from Ottawa beginning this Friday from the steps of Parliament offers an opportunity to build upon a growing friendship with each other, and with other Canadian, American and Danish veterans.

Harry Carr at the Adventure Team Challenge.
At the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado, Harry Carr rode his first upright mountain bike in many years. Photograph by Brian Gliba.

Located 80 miles apart by Interstate Highway 89, Air Force veteran Harry Carr, and Marine Corps veteran David Santamore both live in small New England communities. David’s home town, Barre, Vermont, is the larger of the two, with 9,052 residents. To the south, 4,397 residents call New London, New Hampshire home, including Harry. During the 13 days of riding in the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, Harry and David will ride the equivalent of the distance between their homes three days.

Owing to a service connected neurological condition, Harry has impaired eyesight, and rides a recumbent bicycle. David rides a hand cycle after suffering an above the knee amputation after being hit by a motorist while riding his motorcycle in 2005.

Seeking “to inspire others with life altering situations to rejoin life, fulfill their goals, and beyond,” David sees the CanAm as an opportunity to prepare for upcoming sporting challenges, including a potential invitation to the Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride from the non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports.

David Santamore at the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge.
At the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports, veteran David Santamore rode a tandem mountain bike with the organization’s then-CEO Paul Tyler. Photograph by Brian Gliba.

Harry also is interested in participating in the cross-country journey, tentatively scheduled for 2015. “The CanAm ride is very encouraging to me and I hope to encourage other veterans to participate in cycling events and to continue the esprit de corps among all of our riders,” Harry said.

Having participated in two Face of America rides from World T.E.A.M. Sports, the two veterans also competed in the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado. They also participated in the 2013 and 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinics.

“I have not driven a vehicle for more than ten years,” Harry explained. “In addition to the new freedom that recumbent cycling has given me, it has also given me more confidence in myself and I feel a lot healthier.”