Let go of the expected and get UNCOMFORTABLE! Going outside your comfort zone isn’t easy, and I get that, but doing so can leave you with the most incredible sense of accomplishment.
I am a mother, wife and professional working gal. In my spare time, I like to run. Not just run, but run in COMBAT BOOTS. They are the same boots my son wears every day as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Like thousands of other military parents, I want to feel connected to my son while he’s away. After being introduced to a non-profit called The Boot Campaign, I purchased a pair of their combat boots and hardly a day has gone by when they haven’t been on my feet.
I’ve dared myself to get uncomfortable by hitting the road, in my BOOTS, at several races throughout the year. My goal is not just to finish each race, it’s also to give back to our troops. I invite you to join me! “But I don’t run”, you may be saying! That’s ok, the point is we collectively join forces whether its by joining me in a race, or running in your own race or following our story, you can accept my DARE. DARE to step out of your comfort zone to make a difference for those who make a difference for you by serving to protect your freedom. Even if you can’t join me on a race day, you can still have an impact! Here’s how you can join the GET UNCOMFORTABLE DARE:
* Join me! at any one of my races listed in the schedule below
* Join my team by creating a fundraising team of your own and running your own races.
* Make a donation to my Get Uncomfortable Dare! All donations benefit two non-profit organizations that are close to my heart: Not Alone and the Boot Campaign.
Not Alone: provides programs, resources and services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and PTSD through a confidential and anonymous community. www.notaloneinfo.org
Boot Campaign: is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct programs -- Jobs, Housing, Family Support, Urgent Assistance and Wellness-- that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”. www.bootcampaign.com
AMY COTTA'S RACE SCHEDULE:
March 17th: Bataan Death March - COMPLETED!
April 27th: Country Music Marathon Nashville, TN -- COMPLETED!
May 19th: IronGirl Atlana Atlanta, GA -- COMPLETED!
August 4th: TRI Indy Indianapolis, IN
November 17th: IRONMAN Arizona Tempe, AZ
"In 2011 when my son left straight from high school to USMC boot camp I felt lost. Life as I knew it change forever. I went through feelings of deep lose and depression. To deal with these feelings I strapped on combat boots that I purchased via a charity called The Boot Campaign. I vowed to walk everyday in my boots during the 13 weeks of boot camp. In September of that same year I decided to do my first ever half-marathon. I had not trained for it; I just showed up to the starting line in my boots. I discovered things about myself that day that I never knew exhisted. Putting actual miles in our militaries boots gave me a new found strength, and understanding of their courage and commitment to our country. I vowed that day I would keep doing events in boots (and only boots)." -- Amy Cotta
Marine Mom Creed
This is my Marine.
I will love and support him while he is abroad and domestic.
I will be a source of strength for him as he is for me.
As my Marine fights for my freedom, I will fight for his warm return.
I will do everything within and beyond my ability to make sure he knows his sacrifice is not in vain.
I will lead by example…
As he has given his life for me; I will give my sweat and tears for his.
I will now and forever use my God given abilities to make sure his service is never forgotten.
I will fight for his rights; as he fights for my freedoms.
I will not rest until every Marine is covered by love and shelter of home.
Under the watchful eye of God this is my creed.