Running for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Don't forget to check out the video produced by the crew that is going to support me while I run the Keys 100! Click here to view it: www.youtube.com/watch.
My name is Keith Zeier and I am a Reconnaissance Marine who served with both the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and the Marine Special Operations Battalion. On July 17th, 2006 I was involved in an IED explosion that left my left leg with both permanent muscle and nerve damage along with a severe head injury. This incident, unfortunately, ended my career in the Marine Corps but it has certainly not stripped me of the determination, perseverance, and mental toughness that I've gained while serving as an operator in this small community.
Accordingly, I have decided to run a 100 mile ultramarathon from Key Largo to Key West, Florida in honor of the fallen Recon Marines and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am running this race to raise money for the families of the fallen and wounded warriors of the Special Operations community. Every cent of the money raised from this event will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. These operators have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our own civil liberties and we should never forget this.
The constant and severe pain that I suffer in my leg serves now as a reminder of those great men with whom I've served and befriended. Not to mention those who have laid down their life in defense of this country. I am running this race in honor of them and the job that we loved to do. Not a day passes that I do not think of the sacrifices they have made and how it has impacted their families, friends, and loved ones.
I kindly ask you to help the families of those killed and wounded in battle by donating to this foundation. Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Feel free to forward this site to anyone else you know who would be interested in contributing to such a worthy cause. The names of all those that have donated will appear in the credits to the documentary we are filming that chronicles why I am doing this race, the events leading up to the Keys 100 ultramarathon, and the run itself. We are hoping to air the film on Current TV shortly after the race and raise even more money by capturing the hearts and minds of over 51 million viewers with this heartfelt documentary.
I sincerely thank everyone that is kind enough to donate to this cause!