Boston's Annual Wounded Vet Bike Run Inspired by Cpl. Vincent Mannion Brodeur began in 2011. One of the most severely wounded veterans in the nation, Vinnie is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. While serving in Iraq in 2007 with the 82nd Airborne, Vinnie was critically injured by an insurgents improvised explosive device. After surviving 40 operations and a year long coma Vincent has become an inspiration for people throughout the nation. All proceeds from Vinnie's Run went to creating a handicapped accessible living space for Vinnie. Every year Boston's Wounded Vet Run will be dedicated to different veterans. All proceeds raised go towards housing modifications to suite a comfortable living for the disabled veteran. The event is sponsored by the Italian-American War Veterans, a federally chartered non-profit veterans organization. They fought, and we ride, a bike run honoring the wounded veteran's of New England.
This year's Boston's Wounded Vet Run on April 27th is approximately 40 miles long and takes an hour and a half to complete. It has been known to shut down the north shore. The ride goes through Everett, Medford, Stoneham, Wilmington, Reading, Wakefield, Saugus, Lynn, Revere, and East Boston.
The run is safely escorted by the Everett, Chelsea and Boston Police Departments as well as the Sheriffs Department. If done right the riders feet won't touch the ground.
The 2000+ motorcade is led by three convertibles carrying our wounded service members. This is not just a bike run, this is a demonstration to raise awareness that our veterans need to be properly taken care of.