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Cyclists riding entire Natchez Trace to help veterans

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When most people talk about riding on the Natchez Trace, it's in a car. But some cyclists are going the distance on their bicycles, all in a gesture to help veterans.

Cyclist Tim Hall said he always wanted to ride the Natchez Trace from start to finish, but he didn't want to do it for his own bragging rights.

A friend also wanted to get involved, and then Hall met up with Team Red, White & Blue.

"As I told him, I don't want to ride the Trace just to do it. I don't want a selfish adventure. And so, I was able to partner with Team Red, White & Blue for the sole purpose of raising money and awareness for their organization and to support wounded veterans and help them re-integrate into their communities through social activities and physical activities," Hall said.

Team Red, White & Blue helps fund programs that provide community engagement, mentoring and athletic camps for veterans.

For the cyclists, this journey is a way to combine their passion for cycling with their gratitude for those who've served.

"One of the things I love about cycling is I feel free to go places and experience things, an adventure. I have that, because of the people who've gone and fought and come back wounded or not, and having to integrate back into society. And I'm just really happy that I can give back," said cyclist Brian Toone.

Hall got things rolling along the entire 444-mile trek, from Nashville to Natchez, MS, which is expected to take about four days.

"We've got a long ride ahead of us," Hall said. "But the challenges they face, you know, ours pale in comparison to what they go through. But, they can use activities like bicycle riding and running and adventure events to just normalize their lives. And that their best days are ahead of them."

Seven cyclists are on the ride, and their goal is to raise $25,000 for Team Red, White & Blue. Follow their journey by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/NashvilleToNatchez.

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