Captain Calum Ramm Runs World Marathon Challenge to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans
QUANTICO, VA (16 January, 2016) As one of “the few and the proud,” USMC Captain Calum “Cal” Ramm has seen his physical and mental strength put to the test time and time again. But this month, he will set out on what may be his greatest challenge yet: the World Marathon Challenge, 7 marathons covering 7 continents in just 7 days. Starting off deep in the Antarctic Circle, he’ll run his way around the world, an incredible feat of endurance that only 15 other athletes will undertake. Cal will push himself to his personal limit, but he’s not doing it for himself, he’ll be racing to raise funds and awareness to support injured service members through an organization close to his heart - the Semper Fi Fund.
“I chose the Semper Fi Fund over numerous other veteran charities because I was inspired by the athletes of their rehabilitative sports program, Team Semper Fi,” said Cal. “The idea of "recovery through sport" really clicked with me, especially for service members trying to move forward with their lives after a serious injury or illness.”
The Lansing, Michigan native excelled at running from an early age, clocking in at 2:45 for his first ever marathon. Recently, he was named to the official Marine Corps Running team, with whom he has run the Marine Corps Marathon and several other major events—but nothing quite like this. Cal, along with his fellow participants, will fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica, deep within the Antarctic Circle, to begin the challenge of a lifetime. After the first marathon commences on the 'Frozen Continent' there will be a mere 168 hours left to touch down in Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (UAE) and finally Sydney (Australia), completing marathons in each location for a total of 184 miles.
Training for this epic event has meant running an average of 100 miles a week, a huge time commitment that he’s had to fit into his busy schedule as an active duty Marine. But with a fundraising goal of $50,000, the support he’ll be able to provide for his fellow service members makes it all worth it.
“Running has always been so much more than just a hobby for me,” Cal continued, “it has been a venue to vent my frustrations, clear my head, and help sort out all of life's challenges through the miles and miles spent with nothing but the pavement and my thoughts.“
“The Semper Fi Fund does a great job capturing that with the service members it supports; instead of just helping them on one occasion or for a short stretch, they provide individuals an opportunity to heal so they can pursue everyday, helping them to move past the injury and better themselves. This is especially important for members of the armed services, where physical fitness is already a critical facet of daily life. It gives service members an opportunity to put sports back into their life. You cannot put a price on that.”
Please contact Alicia Sellitti, [email protected], 917-822-9010 to arrange interviews prior to the event
The Semper Fi Fund will be supporting Cal along the way, and invites others to follow his journey on the official Semper Fi Fund Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #WhereInTheWorldIsCal.
Follow him on Twitter: @runcalramm.
About Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund
Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund provide urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater and we are one of only three veteran charities to receive an "A+" rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy, and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.