The Eastern PA River Runners
2014 Operation Helping Hero’s Freedom Ride
July 12th, 2014
Rain Date: July 13th 2014


The Eastern PA River Runners, a local charter club of The American Watercraft Association, along with Keller Williams Realty Elite, serving all Eastern Pa. Counties out of West Lawn, Pa. and Ray’s Yamaha, Polaris, Victory out of Reading, Pa. are proud to team with The Family & Friends For Freedom Fund Inc. to raise money for this wonderful organization that aids in the recovery of our combat wounded Marines and servicemen and women from all branches of the armed forces recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other hospitals in the surrounding regions.
The 8th Annual Operation Helping Hero’s Freedom Ride will commence with the hopes and dreams of America’s hero’s riding with us. This year’s ride will serve as a prelude to next year’s 2015 Operation Helping Hero’s Freedom Ride which will be a full 3 day 460 mile journey from Annapolis, MD to Coinjock, NC and return. The journey we will set out on this year will take us approximately 125 miles round trip on boats and personal watercraft. The journey will take the following route;

We will depart from Old Point Comfort Marina, Fort Monroe, Va. early Saturday morning July 12th and head down the Elizabeth River passing through the Norfolk Naval Base and a chance to see some of the massive ships of the United States Navy. We will also journey through beautiful downtown Norfolk, Va. and a chance to view the USS Wisconsin. Our journey continues down the Intracoastal Waterway and the awesome experience of The Great Bridge Lock as well as some ski hugging experiences with various drawbridges along the way. The Coinjock Marina and Restaurant will be our lunch stop, turn around point and fuel stop before heading back to Fort Monroe, Va.

What we are in search of on this ride is the support by presence of every watercraft club, rider, boater and enthusiast in and around the surrounding area as well as those who wish to travel to ride for this great cause, to join us on Saturday July 12th at the Old Point Comfort Marina, Fort Monroe, Va. for a picturesque ride to Coinjock, NC. Check in time for the ride begins at 6:00 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. at the launch ramp area. There will be a mandatory riders meeting at 6:45 a.m. and we will depart for Coinjock, NC. promptly at 7:15 a.m. An estimated 30 to 50 riders are expected to participate.

All those who wish to participate in the ride are required to pre-register by July 7, 2014 There will be a $25.00 registration donation per watercraft. Along with your donation, your name will be entered into a raffle drawing of great prizes. All donations collected will go directly to The Family and Friends For Freedom Fund Inc.

Registration information is available on our website at .General information as well as accommodation information can be obtained by contacting us at
Please note there will be NO registration the day of the event.

Hotel Info: We have a limited number of discounted rooms available at 2 area hotels. The rooms are only available until June 1, 2014 or until they are all booked. For further info contact us at 610-404-0061 or email us at

If you and your family believe and are thankful for the freedom we have, then help those who have fought and suffered to bring us that freedom. Please give back to those who gave so much. Do your part in whatever way you can to help The Family And Friends For Freedom Fund Inc .assist the fine servicemen and women who have fought so bravely for your right to live in the home of the FREE and the BRAVE.

For more information on the ride, pre-registration or how you can help with the event, please contact the Eastern PA River Runners at

For more information about The Family And Friends For Freedom Fund Inc. please visit their website at

Operation Helping Hero’s Freedom Ride shirts can be ordered up to June 27, 2014. Shirts are $20.00 for regular t-shirts and $25.00 for our quick dry, long sleeve shirts. Ordering information can be found on the registration page.