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Ride2Zero to Raise Veteran Suicide Awareness

June 25 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

RIFLE, Colo… Nick Crandell, US Navy veteran from Parachute, lost his friend and fellow vet last year, Josh Rew of Silt. This loss inspired Nick to create an event to help raise awareness around PTSD. Twenty-two veterans a day take their own lives. Ride2Zero is a motorcycle ride from Fruita to Rifle to raise awareness during June which is PTSD Awareness Month and put an end to 22 suicides a day.  All motorcycles and cars welcome.

The event is a fundraiser for Smiling Goat Ranch, a local healing place that does not charge veterans or their families for therapeutic services. SGR brings the healing effects of horses, movement, nature and supportive community not only for veterans with PTSD but also for autism families, children and adults with anxiety, depression and related conditions, and people in recovery free of charge.

“Our vets are being failed on a regular basis on getting the resources they need to help them heal from PTSD. In turn we are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide. Our mission is to shrink this number to zero a day by offering the resources the veterans need.”

Cost to participate is $20 for pre-registration; $25 day of the ride.  Every participant will receive a Ride2Zero patch. Fruita’s Best Slope Coffee will provide free coffee and homemade donuts during registration. A ceremony for the Rew family will start at 9;30 and kickstands up at 10 am.

The ride begins at the Vietnam War Memorial in Fruita to I70 Eastbound to De Beque.  Riders will exit De Beque and take highway 6 east to the Highway 13 bypass in Rifle.  Then travel north on Highway 13 to the final destination – the Veterans Memorial Park, north of Rifle by Deerfield Park.

A post ride reception will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park featuring KMTS Live Broadcast, Teresa’s Food Truck, raffle for prizes and partner information booths including the Suicide Prevention Team from the Grand Junction VA Hospital, Grand River Health, Western Slope Veteran’s Coalition, Celebrate Recovery/New Life Church and Smiling Goat Ranch.

Smiling Goat Ranch served more than 300 people in 2021 and does not charge families for its therapeutic services. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.westernsloperide2zero.com.  Onsite registration will be available from 8:30 am-9:30 am; kickstands up at 10 am.

This event would not be possible without its title sponsors:  Casey Concrete, US Banka and Sierra Excavating. Silver sponsors: Garco Customz, Alpine Bank and Redi. Bronze sponsors: Columbine Ford, Charcoal Burger Drive In, Grand Junction Harley Davidson, Idos Cycle, Tumbleweed, All-Terrain Motorcycles, Glenwood Insurance, KTM Aspen, MBK Photography, Green Cross. And local sponsors: Nelson’s Auto Body, All State Communications, Dave & Polly Malehorn, Best Slope Coffee and Microplastics.

Established in 2015, Smiling Goat Ranch helps humans heal through horses and interaction with other social animals, movement, nature, and supportive community.  All proceeds from the ride will benefit Smiling Goat Ranch, which provides therapeutic services for free.

“In seven years, we’ve helped hundreds of children and adults,” says co-founder Sheryl Barto. “We made a vow never to let fees hinder healing so all of our program need come from donations, grants and fundraising.”

For more information, visit www.smilinggoatranch.com  or call 970-379-1383.

Listen to our KMTS Connections interview with Josh’s sister, Sharalee, Sheryl Barto from Smiling Goat Ranch, and event founder Nick Crandall here.


June 25
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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