Hello my name is Claudia Cardenas I founded "Race to Remember" in 2009 (www.facebook.com/racetoremember) after my fiancé Jason Vinyard who had served in the Army for 20yrs unexpectedly passed away (Jason last served @ Ft. Vancouver - Vancouver WA). Jason and I had been training for the Portland Marathon October 2009 to HONOR our Military Heroes, when he unexpectedly passed away in June 12, 2009. Losing Jason was one of the most painful experiences I have ever had to go through. Although I knew it would be the loneliest 26.2 miles of life (for he would not be there) I decided to continue our mission to participate in the Portland Marathon to Honor our Military and remind people that although not currently in a major war there is always men and women putting their life’s on the line to defend our FREEDOM. I invited as many friends/family and community members to join me and from there "Race to Remember" was born.
Ever since that day I have made it my personal mission to NEVER FORGET the sacrifices of our Military Heroes and their families.
Race to Remember - We Will Never Forget (the non-profit)
Race to Remember is a non-profit organizations formed to honor our past and present military heroes. Our main mission is to NEVER FORGET their sacrifice and with every race or event we organize or participate in we honor all those that have so bravely fought for our freedom. Outside of racing we organize military care packages, “Thank you Cards”, “Books for Soldiers” and help coordinate “soldiers in the classrooms”. Our ultimate goal is to develop a college scholarship for those that have lost a parent during their military service.”
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