Hobart, WI — On Saturday, August 13 runners will be taking on the Jerabek Challenge in honor Marine Private First Class Ryan Jerabek who died in combat in Iraq in 2004. Proceeds from the run will be given to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
In honor of the event, the State of Wisconsin Office of the Governor has issued a Proclamation stating that Saturday, August 13, 2011 is "PFC Ryan Jerabek - Semper Fi Fund Day" throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Race organizers are offering a new twist this year. Runners participating in the 4-mile run will have the option of joining the "Boot Brigade," a challenge to run the event in ankle high boots. Those who complete the entire four mile race as part of the Boot Brigade will receive a military dog tag necklace with the inscription "2011 Jerabek Challenge Boot Brigade." The slogan for the Boot Brigade will be, "Earn Your Dog Tags."
Ryan Jerabek, an 18 year old Hobart, Wisconsin native, joined the Marine Corps after graduating from Pulaski High School. He gave his life for the cause of freedom on 6 April, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The run will take place on the roads that Ryan ran to prepare himself for service to his country and the Marine Corps.
The driving force for the event comes from Ryan himself. In a speech given to his high school on December 2, 2002 Ryan states, "I'd like to ask of you to thank those who fought and are fighting in the battles to keep this country at the pinnacle of Freedom."
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