In October 2011, Robert Swan and 2041 alumnus Anna Tiedeman Irwin ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. in order to raise money to bring two wounded veterans to Antarctica as part of the 2012 "Leadership on the Edge" Antarctic Peninsula expedition. This year, Cameron Kerr - one of those veterans - will be running an array of off-road mud runs and middle-distance races, culminating in the Dubai Marathon in January 2013, in order to pass the torch and do the same for next year's expedition team member.
Cameron, a former platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division, lost his left leg during a combat patrol in the Arghandab River Valley of Kandahar, Afghanistan, 12 months before participating on the 2012 expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. Raised as a Boy Scout and outdoorsman, and growing up to be a soldier and global citizen, he has had an irrevocable appreciation for everything that nature has to offer; needless to say, this was an unparalleled experience and chance to learn more about why we must preserve what we still have. Since returning, Cameron has been able to implement a variety of workplace initiatives to increase resource conservation, reduce water usage, and introduce friends, family, and colleagues - many of whom will never have the same opportunity to experience Antarctica first-hand - to the realities of Earth's "last great wilderness" in the 21st century, based on what he learned from the expedition and, most importantly, his fellow 70+ expedition mates representing 22 different nationalities and a diaspora of professional and educational fields.
In April of 2012 Cameron completed his first marathon in Boston, owing a large part of that achievement to the inspirational example set by Rob Swan who, through his personal life story and individualized pre-race tips and pointers, provided a significant part of the requisite motivation for Cameron to finish the race, more or less in one piece. Not long after crossing the finish line in Boston, the fundraising idea was born. All money donated will enable another wounded veteran and student of the environment to take part in and actively engage the comprehensive 2041 experience, which further develops, prepares, and propels forward the environmentally-oriented leaders of tomorrow: men and women who have braved an experience few others could manage, and who have seen first-hand what needs to be done to preserve Antarctica, the only place on Earth that we all share.
Wolf Run, 10k Mud run, 22 September, 2012. - STATUS : MISSION COMPLETE
"On 22 September 2012, Cameron Kerr, Doug Stewart, and Coral Jones conquered the infamous "Wolf Run," one of the U.K.'s toughest mud run events. Coral, Doug, and Cameron met as expedition mates on the 2012 journey as part of Team Inspire, with Doug and Coral representing part of British power company NPower's delegation.
Following the conclusion of the expedition in March of 2012, all three returned to their respective communities in the U.S. and U.K. and began applying the lessons learned in Antarctica through speaking engagements, workplace initiatives, and most importantly, leading by example. In true 2041 fashion, and without the ability to say no to a challenge, Doug, Coral, and Cameron tackled the Wolf Run, crossing lakes, mud pits, fallen trees, walls, and a multitude of natural obstacles over the course of 10 kilometers as a representation of the international connectivity created by the 2041 experience. Because if they can camp in the rain, traverse glaciers, and experience hurricane-force winds while on the expedition to Antarctica, there's no way a little bit of mud is going to hold them back. Stay tuned for further adventures!"
Rogue Runner 10K Mud Run/Obstacle Course on October 20- STATUS : MISSION COMPLETE
Army Ten Miler on October 21 STATUS : MISSION COMPLETE
Marine Corps Marathon 10K on October 28
More to follow (potentially the Disney Half Marathon, dressed as Tinkerbell. Cameron’s outfit of choice to date!)
Dubai Marathon in January 2013 with confirmed 2041 Alumni Members