Saturday Spotlight: Jim Krug

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Chapter: Team RWB Raleigh/Durham

Member Since: June 2014

Motto: “To have a full life, keep a balance of mind, body and soul. Always learn something new, keep yourself healthy, and do for others.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I was running in the Veterans Day 10k in Washington DC, I saw a guy running with Old Glory. I tried to catch him on the entire 10k, it was an out and back run. On his was back, I saw a bird logo on his shirt. It turns out that the faster I ran to catch him, the faster he kept going. I did this run twice before and I was on track to crush my previous years time, I found out afterward that he was doing negative splits, that’s why I couldn’t catch him. At the 6 mile point, a sea of red shirts come out of nowhere (at least it seemed that way) and ran in with him, he was the last man in their group. I had to inquire about this organization once I saw the mission statement “Enriching Veterans Lives” on the back of the shirt. He explained to me what Team RWB does, and that there was most likely a chapter in my area. I went to the website and saw what the mission was, I felt that I had much to offer. I went into the Army 3 weeks after graduating from High School. When I went through the transition from Military life to civilian life, it was very tough. I figured that being that I’ve already been through the hardships that I could help smooth out the transition others. I signed up.”

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What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“I’ve had many events and experiences in different places with Team RWB that have affected me in different ways. As far as my favorite event and experience locally, it was the St. Paddy’s Day 8k / Call to Action. When I put the word out about a Ft. Bragg Eagle and friend, Shawn Conaway needing some assistance to get through the course, because he just got out of rehab 3 weeks prior to the race. I was amazed and deeply moved by the great response that we got. We had such a great turnout that we were able to have 3 photographers on the course and 1 or 2 people helping at every hill. I gave up my hill assignment to let another Eagle be a part of this and being that Shawn overshot a turn on one of the downhills, I got to be a part of it too. There were only 2 people there that knew Shawn prior to that day, Myself and Jesus Ramirez. 14 people came together to make sure that 1 man on a hand cycle that they didn’t know until after the race, would make it thru a very hilly course.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

“I am the Chapter Captain for Team RWB, I spend much of my free time organizing, and being involved with many of our activities. I spend a lot of time working with other organizations and local businesses to build partnerships that can be mutually beneficial to Team RWB and the other organization or business. I am also a team member with Team Rubicon and help out with their local missions whenever possible.

What Inspires You?

“I have found inspiration in many ways. I draw inspiration from my friends, family, and my fellow Eagles. Everyone inspires me in a different way, some by setting new personal records on a race, loosing weight, stopping smoking, start new businesses, a positive attitude, inspiration is everywhere. You have to open your eyes and ears, you will see it and you will hear their stories.”

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How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has helped me form new friendships, camaraderie, relationships, and much more. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for quite some time, thanks to many of our members who always inspire me. Thanks to many of our Eagles that I’ve been drawing inspiration from, I’ve knocked 24 mins 2 sec off of my half marathon PR. Several Eagles have taken me out of my comfort zones and help me reach my potential.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“I tell them about how Team RWB has impacted my life and/or the life of others. I let them know that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you like to do, there is a place for you within the organization.”