Old Glory. The Star Spangled Banner. Stars and Stripes. The American Flag. Call it what you will, to most Americans, it’s the most meaningful 3′ x 5′ piece of cloth in the world. And that’s exactly why Team RWB encourages our athletes to carry that 3′ x 5′ piece of red, white and blue cloth when they run. In just the past month, Joe Molina and Team RWB’s San Diego chapter fired up the crowd at the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Staff Sergeant Marc Dibernardo transported it, folded up, while running 26.2 miles in the Hawaii heat in a gas mask. Team RWB athletes brought it across the finish line in the Dexter to Ann Arbor Half-marathon. Pro triathlete Tim O’Donnell seized it after covering 140.5 miles in 8 hours and 8 minutes—-and when he thought he had nothing left in the tank, electrified the crowd at Ironman Texas with a dead sprint to the finish line. Sam Linn and Team RWB runners were the only ones on the Worcester Half-marathon course carrying Old Glory. And double amputee, Dan Cnossen inspired thousands in Washington, DC, as he carried that red, white and blue flag the last 400 meters of a 200 mile relay.
Whether you’ve run 1 mile in the past 5 years or you’ve run 100 miles in the past week, I’m confident that these images evoke feelings of patriotism and inspiration. If you haven’t run a 5K in your life, now is the time to commit to it. Just take 1 minute and sign up here to join the movement Team RWB is creating: teamrwb.org/get-involved/athletes. If you’re a more seasoned runner, please make sure you’ve got your Team RWB shirt (you can get one here http://teamrwb.org/get-involved/purchase-gear) and consider carrying Old Glory on your next run. When you run in a group and take turns carrying the American flag, it’s something you have to experience to understand.
So here’s to you, Team RWB athletes….pushing your limits and proudly representing our country’s wounded veterans on streets and trails all over the country. Keep spreading the word to others about why it’s important to get involved and how easy it is. Sign up, get a shirt, fundraise if you want—talk to people about Team RWB’s vision and encourage them to follow in your footsteps.
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