65 ride in Vietnam Veterans bike trip

Rachel Zahm (left), coordinator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bicycle Ride, and Barry McManus (center), of Trailhouse Village Bicycles in Winona Lake, present a bicycle to raffle winner CJ Stoltie (right), of Fort Wayne. McManuss donated the bicycle for the raffle.
Rachel Zahm (left), coordinator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bicycle Ride, and Barry McManus (center), of Trailhouse Village Bicycles in Winona Lake, present a bicycle to raffle winner CJ Stoltie (right), of Fort Wayne. McManuss donated the bicycle for the raffle. Photos provided.

More than 65 bicyclists participated in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bicycle Ride on Sunday afternoon, April 2.

Riders could choose from several routes ranging in length from 4.5 miles to 50 miles, and almost half rode the 50-mile trail. All riders started from Schenkel Station, in downtown Huntington.

Barry McManus of Trailhouse Village Bicycles, in Winona Lake, donated an “Army Green” cruiser that was raffled at the end of the ride. Winner CJ Stoltie, of Fort Wayne, who retired after serving 22 years in the United States Army, was crossing the finish line as his name was drawn.

The ride was organized with the help of Chris Bucher, Joe Zahm, Jim Lewis and the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). Proceeds will help fund a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which will be dedicated at Memorial Park, in Huntington, on Veterans Day.

Tax deductible donations for the memorial can be sent to TAPS, PO Box 551, Huntington, IN 46750. Donors should note Huntington County Treasurer TAPS in the memo line of the check.