Finding Inspiration at the 34th Annual Army Ten Miler
Three dozen Semper Fi Fund athletes will take to the course in October for The Army’s premier running event which starts and finishes at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
“The second-largest 10 mile race in the nation, the Army Ten Miler is one of the most inspirational events on our annual calendar,” said Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund. “Participation on October 7, 2018 is capped at 35,000, and every single participant has a unique story about why they’ll be there. Everyone runs for a reason.”
“I want to run for the injured who are unable to run anymore and the caregivers who sacrificed so much to care for their injured warrior.”
- Army Reservist SFC Chelsea
“I think about my friends that have died fighting in these wars since 9-11 and I use the time to reflect on my own life.”
- SFC Ryan
Sgt. Stefan (read more about his personal story) will be running his third Army Ten Miler on prosthetics after handcycling it twice. “I get pumped up from the crowds,” Stefan says. “I enjoy running through the nation’s capital – and I enjoy running for Semper Fi Fund – the ideal veteran nonprofit. They’re here for every part of your life and recovery. They helped my family when I had just arrived at Walter Reed, and they continue to support me in my life as I adapt to the world as a double leg amputee.”
Our wounded, ill and injured service members and their families inspire us as they compete to celebrate recovery through sport and honor their loved ones, battle buddies and team mates. Please join us on October 7th as we celebrate and honor their accomplishments at the Army Ten Miler (ATM). Stop by the Semper Fi Fund booth at the ATM Expo and on race day near the finish line to meet some of our heroes, see what inspires them and learn more about #RecoveryThroughSport with our Team Semper Fi.
What's Your Why?
Army Reservist SFC Chelsea: Runs for her husband who is paralyzed and unable to run. She has been preparing since early June for her first Army Ten Miler. “I’m a spouse and caregiver to a combat-injured warrior who was shot four times in Afghanistan.” said Chelsea. Though he completed the race in 2017 on a handcycle, a shoulder injury will prevent Chelsea’s husband from participating this year. Witnessing how he endures through constant pain with a contagious ‘never quit’ attitude, Chelsea feels it is her duty to represent her husband in the Army Ten Miler.
MSGT Chris: A Semper Fi Fund athlete and Marine will be running his first Army Ten Miler. He is inspired to represent Team Semper Fi and expects to find motivation from fellow team members and others on the course in D.C. “Team Semper Fi has allowed me to meet people with the same hobbies as I have and have that sense of belonging,” says Chris, “Many members have left the military and need that connection or hobby to socialize and connect with like-minded people. Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi has done this for me.”
SFC Ryan: Finds motivation and inspiration when he thinks of “…friends that have died fighting in these wars since 9-11 and I use the time to reflect on my own life.”
Cpt James: “It really motivates me, being around other great veterans who are also cycling. It’s also inspiring to pass all the monuments for those who have fallen in many wars and make it possible for us to make the ride together.”