So, Veteran’s Day has just passed and Thanksgiving is less than a week away (YAY!) so I gotta ask: have you thanked a Soldier lately? Yes, I know that some of you may not be supports of war (neither am I to be quite honest with you) but that still shouldn’t deter you from showing our troops some love. In addition, there are plenty of things to be thankful for year-round but it so seems that we as Americans generally forget to issue thanks for the liberties that were bestowed upon us by Christ himself and upheld by The Constitution which our Armed Servies so fearlessly defend. If it weren’t for my brave battle buddies heading out to the front who knows what would be going on-on the combat front. I mean really, would you prefer we fight the enemy ‘over there’ or run the risk of them coming ‘over here’? I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of the prospect of bombs going off around my home and worrying about my family; let’s keep them ‘over there’. Just something to think about.
Back to the topic of supporting the troops, I know there are plenty of you out there who’d love to support us Soldiers but just don’t know where to direct your attention. If that sounds like you, I have the perfect recommendation! The unit I left behind in Washington (4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division) is holding a “Raider Run to Afghanistan” to show support for the Raider brigade who has just touched down in Afghanistan. Although I departed Ft Lewis (now called Joint Base Lewis-McChord) prior to the deployment I still like to support the Raider brigade as well as their families.
The mission of the Raider Run is to rack up 17,068 miles walked, ran or cycled over the course of nine months. The 8,534 miles (doubled) is the distance from JBLM, WA to Afghanistan and back where the Raider brigade has set up camp for the next few months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There’s no minimum mile requirement for participation each week but there is a leaders board for the top commuters posted to the event’s Facebook page (which can be found below). In addition to wanting to support my battle buddies this moral-boosting mission serves as a great motivator for my day-to-day workout! As you all know I’m prepping for the Disney Princess Half Marathon this February and since I’m not a big fan of cardiovascular endurance and training running those miles for practice plus the grueling miles ran for PT every morning gets just plain boring but now that I have a bit more of a purpose it’s a little more fun and a lot more bearable. On the flipside, don’t let the thought of many miles discourage you from entering. If you’re simply looking to get into better shape and chose to start by walking that’s a-ok! Every mile counts and will help get us closer to our big goal. Did I mention that anyone who can walk can participate in the Raider Run? That means when you and your family register for the run sign Lassie and Fido (your dogs) up as well. Their miles walked an ran count just like their two-legged counterparts. For all of you cyclists out there your miles count too! Miles logged on a stationary bike, treadmill or my personal favorite, the elliptical all count towards your weekly miles. There is no fee to register for the Raider Run and in order for your miles to count all you need to do is email them to your team leader each Saturday. Too easy!
Now that you know what the mission is lets move on to how sign up. If you’d like to register for the Raider Run to Afghanistan check out the event page below and email the listed information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll need your name, email address, team, Soldier’s name and unit.
If you’d like to do a little research on the Raider Brigade check out my Memorial Day post to read up on the units and decide who is the perfect fit for you. Hey! If you are a veteran and were assigned to 2ID (all Soldiers past and present know what I mean) then why not walk/run for your old corps? I know all of you die-hard 11B’s out there would love to run and support your own kind as would my fellow AG troopers and luckily for us all, the Raider brigade has a unit for everyone and with 48 and counting different teams to choose from I know you’ll find the perfect match! If however you can’t find your perfect unit match but still want to support the mission there’s a “brigade support” team in the works which will be reserved for supports with no specific Soldier in mind but still want to support the Raider family. If this is the team you’re interested in please let me know and check the event page below for team updates.
Prior to your registration if you have any questions, comments, concerns, questions about the teams or units please leave a comment and I will break everything down for you. If you’re interested in helping the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers make the long trek to Afghanistan and back register below and let your miles count. Happy running!