Fairfield’s Hero’s Ride ends; new event begins

August 26, 2018 by  

For 13 years, bikers have gathered in Fairfield for the Hero’s Ride, an event organized to raise money for disabled veterans. The ride has ended, but a new event, Ride 4 Heroes, is now up and running to take its place.

Over its history, the ride brought in over $220,000. Stacy Wene and her parents, Marianne and Bill Meyer, organized the ride. They, and others involved with the event, felt it was time for it to come to an end, stopping in a good place instead of waiting until it fizzled. The ride was established to honor Taylor B. Prazynski, a Fairfield graduate and Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.

The new event, Ride 4 Heroes, kicked off this August. John Prazynski, Taylor’s father, is a co-organizer along with Don Bennett, Fairfield’s fire chief, and others. The event builds on the foundation laid by the Hero’s Ride. Like its predecessor, Ride 4 Heroes will benefit military members on active duty, as well as veterans, and will later expand to honor fire and police first responders, who work every day to keep residents safe.

There is no cost to ride in the new event, but any donations will go to 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that provides service dogs to injured veterans. Events like this are lots of fun and can be even more enjoyable if organizers work with a banner printing company to decorate the route.