USMC Veteran on Month-Long Bike Trek from Canada to Mexico to Raise Money for Special Cause

by Shelby Scott

United States Marine Corps veteran, Dean Zenoni, and his wife, Dr. Lori Zenoni, are currently riding a month-long bike trek from Canada to Mexico for charity. The trek totals 2,495 miles and they plan to use the money raised to benefit military nonprofit, Semper Fi & America’s Fund. This particular trek is close to Zenoni’s heart. We would like to wish him the best of luck as they reach the end of their trek in the coming weeks.

The Zenoni’s route spans the length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. According to KKTV, the GDMBR is “reportedly the world’s longest, mapped, off-pavement cycling route.” 90 percent of the couple’s trek covers unpaved roads, contributing to the difficulty of the feat.

A basic Google search lets us known that the trek typically takes 6-10 weeks to complete. The Zenonis began their ride on June 11, 2021. They plan to arrive at their final destination in Mexico on August 11. This sets their completion goal at about 9 weeks from start to finish.

Who is Dean Zenoni?

USMC retired master sergeant Zenoni honorably served in four international tours. He suffered bodily harm several times over and recovered from multiple surgeries. Once he finished active duty, the vet looked for a way to reconnect with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms. He proceeded to find that through bike riding with the assistance of Semper Fi & America’s Fund.

The nonprofit organization has additionally “provided lifetime support for nearly 26,000 veterans and their families since 2004. Semper Fi & America’s Fund is “dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.”

If you are interested in learning more about this particular organization and its mission, click here for more details.

In What Other Ways Are Veterans Giving Back?

While the Zenonis’ feat is definitely extraordinary, United States veterans and active-duty soldiers are consistently giving back to their communities, their country, and fellow soldiers. Below is only the second of two examples we’ve provided here for you. Nevertheless, you can find videos of US soldiers doing their part at home, as well as on the ground all over the internet.

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, former marine serviceman Shane Johnson broke a seemingly impossible world record. In the span of an hour, Johnson completed 3,050 pushups. The previous record was locked at 2,919 pushups. We know our vets like to show off their chops on occasion when the opportunity presents itself. However, they often complete these feats in the name of a greater purpose.

Johnson took part in this breaking world record as part of a fundraising event for the Purple Heart Honor Mission. To learn more about the Purple Heart Honor Mission, click here.