Local Marine Veteran Gears Up for 117 Mile Bike Ride from USS Iowa to USS Midway to Benefit Strength in Support
November 6, 2019
Lake Forest – November 6, 2019 – This Veterans Day, November 11th, local Marine Veteran and Race Director Jonathan Pauley is embarking on a 117-mile journey on his bicycle to raise money and awareness for Southern California charity Strength in Support. Pauley, a resident of Lake Forest, CA, was stationed at El Toro Marine Base for two of the four years of his active duty service from 1980 to 1984. During that time, he went on three tours to South East Asia on the Naval vessel, the USS Midway, as an electrician on the reconnaissance fighter jet McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II.
Pauley left active duty in 1984 and since then has built his career and a business, Renegade Racing, out of his love for endurance sports. A 12-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, Pauley has also crossed the finish lines of countless marathons, triathlons, and runs. Pauley is still an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer. Lately most of his training time has been overtaken by producing participatory sporting events throughout California as Race Director at Renegade Racing.
Renegade Racing produces nearly fifty events per year in the arenas of running, triathlon, cycling, and large-scale fundraising walks. Notable events around the area include the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Reaching for the Cure Run/Walk/Ride weekend, the city of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon benefiting Team Darkhorse Support Committee, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation Dino Dash, and the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge. When Pauley is not wearing his race director hat, he volunteers as a docent on his old ship, the USS Midway.
“Veterans Day is a special day in our country to honor each and every person who has served in our armed forces. Many veterans return to civilian life with minimal or no support from their community or families. Strength in Support is one organization that is actively giving back to our veterans by providing mental health and counseling services, including career advancement, to our brothers and sisters who gave so much to our country,” said Pauley. “We all need to do something to recognize the issues that are right in front of us on a daily basis – suicide, mental health issues, drug abuse, and homelessness – all of which can be improved by caring more for our veterans through these programs.”
Pauley wanted to do something meaningful this Veterans Day, typically a day off from work for many, and organized a route “Battle to Carrier,” his riding community, and his wife, Taite, and 6-year-old son, Emerson, to provide SAG support along the way. His goal is to raise $1000 by Monday, and he’s almost halfway there.
The ride begins at 6:30 am at the USS Iowa in San Pedro and will travel down the coast, through Camp Pendleton, to finish at the USS Midway in San Diego at approximately 4pm. The 117-mile ride will take approximately 9 hours, with brief rest stops along the way.
Media photo opportunities and schedule:
Monday, November 11th
Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22370434
USS Iowa, San Pedro
Pacific Battleship Center
Battleship IOWA Museum
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731
Camp Pendleton Gates
20250 Vandegrift Blvd
Oceanside, CA 92058
3:00 pm (arrival approximately 3:30)
910 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
About Renegade Racing:
Renegade Racing produces running, triathlon and adventure sports events throughout Southern California. www.renegaderaceseries.com