Babylon’s 2023 Soldier Ride raises over $140K for Wounded Warrior Project


Over $140,000 (and counting) was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project at the Town of Babylon’s 16th annual Soldier Ride, Greater Long Island has learned.

This raises the total the town has for the nonprofit to over $1.6 million.

The 25-mile bicycle ride through the town happened last Friday, and despite some rainy weather, the community came out to support the cause.

The kick-off ceremony began at 9 a.m. in front of Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst. From there, the racers will headed across the Robert Moses Causeway and finished at Overlook Beach with a post-race BBQ. The riders included both veterans and citizens.

Scroll down for photos from this year’s race.

About the race

The Wounded Warrior Project hosts community rides in towns and cities across the U.S., but the two races on Long Island — Babylon Town and another on the South Fork — hold the most history.

The concept was derived from Long Islander Chis Carney, who rode from the Hamptons to San Diego to raise awareness for wounded veterans.

Inspired by U.S. Army veteran John Fernandez, who overcame severe injuries from his deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Carney’s journey evolved from a local fundraiser into a transformative 5,000-mile cross-country ride. It later became the separate Soldier Rides you see today across the country.


Photos courtesy of Town of Babylon photographer Steve Gravano.