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Athletes from the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) at Carolinas Rehabilitation will bike to the Carolina coast during the 14th annual Cycle to the Sea-ASAP, April 25 through April 27.
Riders will use their arms to pedal handcycles the entire 180-mile route from Monroe, NC to North Myrtle Beach, SC. The ride will take place rain or shine.
Riders will leave Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe around 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 25. They will spend Thursday night in Cheraw, SC, and Friday night in Mullins, SC, before arriving in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday. Transportation will be provided for their trip home.
The handcyclists have several goals: to publicize ASAP, to show how “abled” the disabled can be, and to raise money for the program. ASAP was created to address the functional and leisure needs of youth and adults with physical disabilities in the Charlotte area.
A program of Carolinas Rehabilitation, a Carolinas HealthCare System hospital, ASAP offers a variety of sporting programs for both teams and individuals. In addition to handcycling, activities include power soccer, fishing, water skiing, rugby, kayaking, scouting, tennis, snow skiing and golf. Money raised by this Cycle to the Sea-ASAP event will support ongoing programs.