McChrystal to lead fundraising bike ride for injured soldiers

Charlotte ObserverNovember 4, 2010 

Even at West Point in the 1970s, Stanley McChrystal was known for his fitness regimen, waking at 3 a.m. after four hours sleep, eating once a day and running eight miles or more before duty called.

That continued as McChrystal climbed the Army's ranks, even after he was assigned to command troops in Afghanistan as a four-star general.

So no who knows the retired general is surprised that he's agreed to take part in a local fundraising bike ride Saturday — volunteering to lead one that goes for 66 miles.

The ride, called "Honor the Warrior" and sponsored by the Military Family LifeStyle Charitable Foundation, is one of several events in the Charlotte area to mark next week's Veterans Day.

"He wouldn't have it any other way," said Rick Cantwell of Charlotte, who's known McChrystal since West Point and served with him in Army special operations at Fort Bragg. "Stan's always been up for a challenge. He's getting it."

The ride will raise money for the USO of North Carolina, the national Wounded Warriors project and the development of a bionic foot at West Point that will help some amputee soldiers return to active duty.

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