Event is March 20 at Neel Performing Arts Center

“Blood Road,” the documentary that follows Rebecca Rusch's epic cycling expedition, will be screened at 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Neel Performing Arts Center (State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton). An accompanying panel discussion will feature Rusch and other inspirational leaders.

Rusch, a female world champion ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete, is affectionately known as “the Queen of Pain.” But nothing prepared her for the journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father during the Vietnam War.

The SCF Educational Film Series and Panel Discussion is in partnership with the Women’s Sports Museum, Sarasota Film Festival and the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival. 

The panel discussion Tuesday between the two screenings at 5:30 p.m. will be with the following participants: Rusch, Reggie Williams (Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year), Sue Zipay (former professional baseball player for the Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League), Lisa Moody (Emmy Award winning producer), Colonel Linda Gould (Retired U.S. Army Officer) and. Michael Heuser (Hollywood executive producer). Ann Fries, former artistic director of Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival benefiting the U.S. National Committee of UN Women, is the moderator. 

The second screening of the film will be followed by a light reception at 8:30 p.m. in the SCF Fine Arts Gallery, where visitors can meet and mingle with Rusch and the other panelists. Students and veterans may attend the screenings for free. Tickets can be purchased by the general public for $10, and are available at scftickets.com.