Team WWP at National XC Championships

Team Wounded Warrior Project makes a surprise showing at the National and Armed Forces Cross Country Championships in Derwood, MD on 7 February 2009!

22 February 2009, 6:37am.
Good morning everybody–thank you so much for checking out what Team WWP is up to. Trust me, it’s been a lot. We’re very excited at what we have planned.
I’ll start by explaining the pictures. I was selected to represent the Army as a part of the All Army XC Team at the National/Armed Forces Championships. I was picked as an alternate, 6th guy of 6 on the Men’s Team, so I found out about a week and a half in advance. And, no joke, it was my first XC race ever (in my life). But it was a great experience. I was the first Army guy to cross the line, and overall I finished in the middle of the pack (the winner was Meb Keflezighi, the Olympic Silver Medalist at the Athens games–so this was a tough pack). Of the Armed Forces runners, I ran well enough to be a very likely choice for the International Military XC Championships in December in the Ivory Coast.
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Team WWP Shirts


1 February 09, 7:07am.

Big announcement to make: we have official TEAM WWP shirts (click on them to get a better look), and are ready to take orders!! Our first batch came off the screen presses this past week…we only had a few made (64) to test the waters & see what kind of interest we’ll have. But they look great and those that have seen them have been pushing money my way! Special thanks goes to Lisa Timm (Tom Cocchiarella’s daughter), our Graphic Designer…who labored through several late nights after putting her newborn son to bed to get these shirts to look as good as they do–thanks Lisa!
The shirts cost $30 — they’re $20 to create, and the other $10 goes to the WWP. (More on how to purchase below).

Both shirts are 100% polyester tech fabric (wash cold & hang dry and they’ll last forever).

The Brooks Podium shirts, Gator color are unisex and are size XS – XXL.


The Asics Core shirts, Golden are both male (S – XXL) and female sized (XS – XL).


So how do you order?

Send an email to with your name, address, size & color shirt…I’ll have the shirt made for you. We’ll work out arrangements for delivery. If you’re from Minnesota, then likely we’ll deliver to you at the events we have planned on March 20 & 21…if not, we’ll use the US Postal Service…

At the same time, you’ll mail me a check ($30/shirt, please make the checks out to me) at:

CPT Matt Cavanaugh
4400 Busby Drive, Apt. #1147L
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Also, as a side note before closing, I’m running for the Army at the Armed Forces Cross-Country Championships this coming Saturday, February 7th. It’s a part of the National XC Championships…so the best runners in the country will be on the course…wish me luck…I’ll need it!


That’s all for now–thank you so much for supporting us–we’re making good progress for our severely wounded veterans due to your help! If you have any suggestions or ideas (e.g. swinging your workplace towards WWP’s cause), please feel free to send them my way…

All my best & keep moving forward,

Back in the saddle, training in Bisbee, Arizona for the Old Pueblo 50 Miler.

Team WWP is back in action for 2009!

Hi everybody!  Happy 2009!
17 JAN 2009.  1:28pm.
Good to see you checking up on how things are going.  Just like everyone, post holiday break, I wasn’t exactly “run fit” as my British competitors like to say.  So I’ve been hammering away this past couple weeks to get back to where I need to be–ready to compete for the top spot at the Old Pueblo 50 Miler in early March.

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Tucson Marathon — Team WWP Event #1 — 3rd Place Overall!

**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):
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Running and Raising Money and Awareness for 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.

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