Three more weeks to the first finish line; three others coming this season

Three more weeks. That’s what I keep telling myself. The right foot is coming along, and the knee is nearly fully healed, so I’m treating this injury rehabilitation as my first “finish line” of the season. The first part of my year. And I’m giving myself until the beginning of March to get there. It’s a good marker to transition back to training. It’ll have been 10 weeks since breaking the foot, which is actually a cautious return schedule. Clearly, broken bones heal at different rates, some faster, some slower. Being that I’m young, healthy, etc., it’s fair to say that I’m on the faster end of that scale. And the “average” person is fully healed in 6-8 weeks. So 10 weeks is reasonable. Considering where I’m at now (walking, not quite full range of motion, feels like a bruise), March 1st should be good.

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Starting again, from the bottom…

Wow, it seems surreal getting back on the blog when it looks so good! I admit, I haven’t been excited at pdating the blog for some time. It was getting to be a nuisance as it wasn’t well laid out, causing me to have to spend about twice as much time editing it as I should have. That said, now that it’s formatted properly, I feel a little more motivated to plug in new information.

Like the fact that I’m continuing to support the Wounded Warrior Project via my running and racing! I just can’t give it up. Frankly, it sort of grows on you over time. You feel good at your contribution, and just can’t let it go. Even from New Zealand. Even with your first child, a daughter, soon to be born. Even with a full class schedule. And, unfortunately, even when injuries have taken you down for the past 5 months. As a lot of you know, I’ve had problems with the patella tendon in my left knee since last April/May. After completing my running schedule last year (4th overall at the TransRockies Run), I did one more race here in New Zealand (3rd overall at the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic), and decided to take some time off to heal.

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Fourth Place at the TransRockies Run and nearly $100k!

Team WWP is grateful for the generous support from Technical Management Services…

**Below, Paul and I at the finish at TRR!!
Saturday, 2 October, 7:38am, Wellington, New Zealand ~

Hi there, Team WWP, it’s been awhile, but a good finish to another successful season. We’ve been going for 22.5 months now, and we’ve raised just shy of $96,000 for America’s severely wounded heroes. It’s been an amazing journey, with all the high points and bottom dwelling you’d expect from an undertaking like this. I’m excited that we’ve gained momentum. The first year, we raised roughly $40,000, and this second year nearly $56,000. Truly this has been a labor of love for all those involved. It has not been corporate based in the least (although I’m thankful for the amazing help from Technical Management Services and Nathan Hydration) ~ it’s been people based. Donations ranging from what happened to be in someone’s pocket to $10 to $20 to $50. College kids gathering coins from seat cushions (that’s a true story). Average folks with a spontaneous moment of compassion and generosity.

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Team WWP 3rd at Grand Island Trail Marathon

5 August 2010, Falls Church, VA ~
Rachel and I are sitting in the living room of a good friend’s house (thanks Ty, Jenny & Kade!) with all our most important belongings packed and ready to drive west for the TransRockies Run. We’ve had quite an adventure for the past couple of weeks getting to this point, the highlight of which was last weekend’s 3rd place finish at the Grand Island Trail Marathon in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. It was, quite simply, the best natural marathon course I’ve ever seen. Breathtaking views of Lake Superior…and great people that were inspired to see the WWP logo.

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Our Team WWP Fundraiser


Team WWP is grateful for the support and generosity of ~
Last thoughts ~ we’re on the final countdown! 6 days to go until the big show! I’ve got a 5km in Minneapolis next Saturday (“Irish for a Day”), which will be not-so-great (I really don’t like shorter distance races), then our annual Silent Auction in Minnesota. We’ve sold 500 tickets to the event so far, and have plenty of food and space for more!
Oh, and the photo below is from the Army’s Athlete of the Year Award ~ General Dempsey is on the left, General Dunwoody is next to him (first female 4 star in the Army!), and the older gentleman next to me is General Sullivan (retired Chief of Staff of the Army).
Ok, gotta run, literally…see you next Saturday!
All my best & Keep moving forward, Matt

Plans for Team WWP’s Next Year

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Thank you for taking a moment to read this important message. My name is Captain Matt Cavanaugh (U.S. Army; West Point 2002). In my two tours in Iraq, I saw fellow soldiers suffer devastating wounds, and I have watched the impact on their lives and families as they struggle to recover. On Veteran’s Day 2008, my friend & fundraising partner, Mr. Tom Cocchiarella (Air Force Veteran) and I launched “Team Wounded Warrior Project.” We dedicated ourselves to raising money and awareness on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose core mission is to “honor and empower [severely] Wounded Warriors.” Since then, we’ve raised approximately $42,000, spoken to numerous audiences, received local and national press coverage, and touched millions of Americans through Team Wounded Warrior Project’s efforts. We did this primarily through endurance and ultra running events. In 2009 Team WWP pushed through 250 miles; the 2010 schedule adds up to 300 cumulative miles:
2010 Event Schedule (subject to change based on my military duties):
1. Myrtle Beach Half Marathon; 13 Miles; Myrtle Beach, SC; February 2010.
2. Irish for a Day 5km; 3 Miles; Minneapolis, MN; March 2010.
3. National Marathon; 26 Miles; Washington, DC; March 2010.
4. Charlottesville Marathon; 26 Miles; Charlottesvile, VA; April 2010.
5. Comrades Marathon; 56 Miles; Durban, South Africa; May 2010.
6. Rattlesnake Trail 50km; 31 Miles; Charleston, WV; July 2010.
7. Catoctin Mountain 50km; 31 Miles; Frederick, MD; July 2010.
8. TransRockies Run; 114 Miles; Colorado Rockies; 22-27 August 2010.
I want to help the 30,000+ Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have returned home without limbs, severe burns, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by pushing beyond my physical and mental limits in their honor. During the recovery process, America’s severely wounded are pushed beyond their physical and mental limits on a daily basis, and their families fight to help them as their lives and dreams are forever changed. These individuals simply need more than the government is able to provide them, and Tom and I feel compelled to help by taking on this challenge.
So, how can you support Team WWP? Here are two ways:
1. Use the link above to our secure donation server. From here, you can contribute directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. Your donation immediately generates a receipt for tax purposes. I respectfully ask that you consider supporting me ($1 per mile) for one or more of these events. One hundred percent of your donation goes straight to the Wounded Warrior Project; there is no “middle-man.” All training, travel, and race expenses (estimated to be $5,000-$7,000) are borne by me – not your donations.
2. Attend our 2nd Annual Team Wounded Warrior Project Silent Auction (and Comrades Marathon Sendoff) on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the South Saint Paul VFW! Last year’s event was attended by over 300 people, raised nearly $14,000, and we hope to double that amount in 2010! We will have local celebrities, a large silent auction (St. Paul Vulcan Krewe Fire Truck, golf clubs, etc.) as well as Veteran’s groups and ROTC Honor Guards present. Food and a cash bar will be available. Email Matt if you would like to purchase an advance ticket (
Please remember the African proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our support, together, can have a powerful, tangible impact on these severely wounded men and women. 2009 proved that and our 2010 season will be even greater! I humbly ask you to join with Tom and I in support of America’s severely wounded heroes and their families. They are volunteers that served bravely on our behalf, and we ask that you please help us honor them for their tremendous personal sacrifices – we must not forget them.
All Our Best & Keep Moving Forward, Matt and Tom