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Motorcycle ride to honor Civil War soldiers and modern warriors

Retired Army Special Forces officer Neal Zimmerman will be leading hundreds of motorcycle riders on a 130-mile ride through four states, 19 counties and three national battlefields during the 8th Annual Battlefield Run on Sept. 17 to raise awareness and funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The 8th Annual Battlefield Run benefits the families of fallen and wounded military special operations soldiers, from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines including Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.

Participants will start their journey in Leesburg and will cross historic sites in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland before reaching the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pa.

There is a $30 registration fee and riders receive a commemorative t-shirt and a raffle ticket.  Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Best Buy at Potomac Station in Leesburg. There will also be commemorative patches, pins, shirts, coins and hats available for sale with the proceeds benefiting the foundation. The ride begins at 11 a.m. 

Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstatted will see the riders off and Gettysburg Mayor William E. Troxell will greet the riders upon their arrival at the Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg, Pa. Hardcore Choppers and Loudoun Motorsports will be on site to show participants the latest in motorcycle work and technology. 

To support the event people can come to the Best Buy in Leesburg for the kickoff and breakfast for a small donation or meet at the finish for the luncheon for $10 at the Gettysburg Battlefield Harley-Davidson dealership.

Commemorative tee-shirts are available for pre-order for $20 at battlefieldrun.com.

For more information about the 8th Annual Battlefield Run go to battlefieldrun.com.

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