1 Day for the KIA

How far can you push yourself?

This is the question of running; the test of perseverance.

When I began running almost a decade ago, I was lucky to get around the block. Within a few months that built to a 5k, which led to a 10k, then a half marathon, a marathon, and an ultra marathon. Each run brings with it the test of pushing yourself to new limits, exploring new boundaries. 

But, in the end, it is only running. Running is a source of joy for me and an emotional and spiritual release, but it isn’t life.

I have met people who have pushed themselves in more difficult ways. Many of those are veterans and those who live in the shadow of wars.

As an Air Force historian I met those who have served in prisoner of war camps, landed on the beaches of Normandy, felt the Chosin Frozen, were poisoned by agent orange in Vietnam, flew in to Iraq not expecting to return, shot down and rescued in Serbia, and many who have never come home the same. 

My great grandfather returned from the First World War a broken man and my grandfather’s name is etched on the wall of the missing in action in The Philippines from World War II. Despite my grandfathers sacrifice, my dad was unable to get scholarship money to assist him in improving himself.

On April 8 I will be participating in a 24 hour run so others can have a better opportunity than my dad. The 1 Day for the K.I.A. 24 Hour Endurance Run is a fundraiser to create scholarships for the children of military service members who have been killed in action, missing in action, prisoner of war, or disabled due to duty. 

At 9:00am on April 8th runners will begin doing laps around the .7 mile OSU oval. Through nightfall, weather, and sore muscles, we will see how many miles we can accumulate by 9am Sunday morning. 

The result of this will raise funds for the Living Legacy Scholarship fund. Through the support of sponsors, 100 percent of all donations provide scholarships  for those seeking to push themselves forward, despite their loss.

If you would like to join me in this journey, you can make a pledge to sponsor me by clicking on this link

Thank you for the ways you help to push me forward.

Rise Above!

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