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Svitak Freedom Ride

Race Details

Svitak Freedom Ride

: 10, 25, and 64 mile routes
Race Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Start Time: 7 AM
Location: MSSU campus
City/State/Zip: Joplin, Missouri 64801
Country: USA
Race Website:

Philip Svitak was killed March 4, 2002 along with seven other American servicemen in Afghanistan. He was caught in what Pentagon officials describe as a fierce twelve-hour firefight after one of the two helicopters carrying them to a landing zone was shot down. The aftermath resulted in the war's worst loss of American lives due to enemy fire. He leaves behind his wife Laura, and sons Ethan, and Nolan.

Phil's hometown was Joplin Missouri . Phil was an avid cyclist. He loved cycling. His favorite was mountain biking. He spent a lot of time on the road bike as well. The Philip J. Svitak Freedom Ride was initiated in an effort to honor Phil, his family, all fallen soldiers, and to share his love for cycling. Phil gave his life fighting for what he believed in, our Freedom and our Country. Let's honor Phil, and show our appreciation to all our fallen soldiers by doing what Phil loved best, cycling. Phil was a nightstalker, a very elite group of fighters.

A portion of the proceeds go to the Svitak Memorial Bike Fund to purchase bicycles for children of military families at Christmas. Please consider an additional donation when you register


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