As most of you know, I added a new workout to my fitness regimen this summer: RUCKING. You may also know that this is a result of a bet I lost when I challenged my friend to do a marathon. He ran 26.2, so now I have to submit to a beat down by a former Special Forces operator in the dark for 12+ hours while carrying 30+ lbs of weight on my back. Yes, major miscalculation on my part.
The good news is all of this is for a good cause: our GORUCK team is raising money for The Third Option Foundation, which serves the needs of a unique community: the special forces operators who work as the CIA's paramilitary forces.
The growing and increasingly complex threats we face as a nation necessitate an increased reliance on these heroes, who operate as civilians in covert operations. Since their work is usually top secret, they often do not fit the eligibility criteria of traditional veteran organizations.
The Third Option Foundation was formed, and is run by, current and former paramilitary operators, and specifically focuses on the needs of this community, and their family members, who bear a heavy burden just like their peers in the uniformed services. These are the men who signed up to defend the nation from the evolving threats of the modern world, knowing they would likely never receive a moment's recognition for the sacrifices they and their families have made as a result.
It’s a big departure from my comfort zone, but I’m glad my friend challenged me to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice by moving in a way that means something. I hope you’ll consider supporting our mission to give back by helping us reach our goal to raise $50k for the foundation. Please feel free to share this with friends who may also be moved to help us reach our goal. Thank you for your support!
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