Running never came easily to me. I couldn’t make it to the end of the block without feeling like I was going to die. Like so many, I’d attempt to run, have a horrible experience, and quit. I went through this process several times. Finally, one day I made a promise to myself that I was going to become a runner. It was slow going but I remained persistent. 4 years later I still run regularly, have completed many 5Ks, completed a half marathon, and now a sprint triathlon. It's safe to say that I was bitten by the triathlon bug. I have signed up for my first Half Ironman distance race in 2012 (Rev3 at Cedar Point) and see marathons in my future. I may not be the best runner, but I can still say, “I’m a runner.”
In 2011 I signed up to volunteer for Revolution 3 Cedar Point. It was that day I had my first exposure to Team Red, White, & Blue. Team Red, White, & Blue’s vision is to transform the way wounded veterans are reintegrated into society when they return from combat and exit their position in the Active Duty force or National Guard. This idea struck a cord with me. You see, I am a wife of a former Marine. Although my husband never served in a war zone, I understand firsthand the struggles that veterans go through whether during their time in active duty or thereafter. In addition, I've also seen and experienced the strain veterans and their families have while filing and awaiting a ruling for disability compensation. This is just one of the many struggles that veterans face.
Upon research, I found that I could become a member of Team Red, White, & Blue. By doing so I can raise awareness and funds for an incredible organization with a mission that's close to my heart, all while doing what I love....swim, bike, and run.
Please consider donating. Any amount is never too small.