***READ POST JUST BELOW THIS EVENT UPDATE TO GET TO KNOW TEAM WWP & HOW TO GET INVOLVED***
**8 DECEMBER 2008**
Here we are, Event #1 complete, the Tucson Marathon…Team Wounded Warrior Project took 3rd Place Overall (of 1,001 finishers)! It was a perfect running day, great course, 40s to start, 50s to 60s the rest of the race…slightly overcast (for the first time in, well, probably since the beginning of time here in Arizona)…so the sun wasn’t a significant drain.
The scene was perfect for a personal record…and I set one…2 hours, 42 minutes was a 4 minute PR for me!
I was in 6th place until about mile 19, and was able to drop a couple guys…and the leader (who was a good 7 minutes up at one point), had to stop with a cramp of some sort at mile 23. So that rate of attrition gave us Team WWP a 3rd place finish…here are some photos (double click on pics for a better view): Continue reading “Tucson Marathon — Team WWP Event #1 — 3rd Place Overall!”
WHY SHOULD YOU HELP THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT?
Hello and thank you for taking a few minutes to read this message. For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is Matt Cavanaugh, and I am a Captain in the U.S. Army (West Point, 2002). In the two tours I served in Iraq, I saw several of my fellow American Soldiers suffer devastating wounds, and I have personally watched the resulting impact on their lives and the lives of their families as they struggle to recover. I am writing this to ask you for your help because our Nation’s most severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families desperately need our help. Over the course of the next year, I am dedicating myself to raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to honor and empower [severely] wounded Warriors.
My goal is to participate in four physically difficult and mentally challenging “ultra” running events over the course of the next ten months. My initial inspiration for this endeavor was the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, which is the world’s oldest and largest ultra marathon. The race began in 1921 with 34 starters and 16 finishers—it was South African Veteran Vic Clapham’s effort to commemorate his comrades killed in World War I. Clapham, who himself endured a 2,700 kilometer forced march through the heat of German East Africa, wanted the memorial to be a unique test of the physical endurance of the entrants. Today, approximately 12,000 athletes run the arduous 90 kilometer course. Most importantly, the race constitution states its primary aim is to “celebrate mankind’s spirit over adversity.”
In a similar fashion, I want to help the 30,000+ Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have returned home with limbs lost, severe scars from burns, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), by pushing myself beyond my perceived physical and mental limits in their honor. During the recovery process, America’s Wounded Warriors are pushed beyond their physical and mental limits on a daily basis, and their families struggle to help them as all of their lives and dreams are forever changed. The most severely injured Warriors simply need more help than the government has been able to provide them, and I feel compelled to help by taking on this challenge.
Continue reading “Running and Raising Money and Awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project”