To me, our soldiers are real-life heroes. Brave, skilled and trained to NEVER give up, they devote themselves to the the rest of us without hesitation. Among them is an elite group. Our Special Forces operators are the absolute best of the best. Their commitment to selfless excellence, and their willingness to put everything on the line for others is something that having once been appreciated, can never be forgotten. The soldiers of the US Special Forces are truly inspirational, and it is in their honor that I made this run.
The 76 miles of the Georgia Appalachian Trail, starting at the North Carolina border and ending at Springer Mountain, is difficult terrain, with nearly 19,000 feet of vertical gain and 20,000 feet of vertical drop. Traversing it at one-shot was quite challenging, but it was nothing compared to the challenges these fallen soldiers faced, nor those their children continue to face. Go to http://blog.rockcreek.com/archives/rockcreek_race_team_member_finishes_ga_at_charity_run.html for a report on the run.
For every single one of these children, there is a parent who gave so much for us, asking nothing in return, and the least we can do is help provide some means for their children not just to survive, but to excel, despite the loss of a parent. Even though the run is over, please give what you can, and then add to it. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a vehicle for the rest of us not just to say thank you, but to actually make a difference. To those of you who participated in supporting this endeavor , I am forever grateful. Thank you, and a special thanks to the SmartWool clothing company for their very generous support. Matt Karzen.