Patrick Atkinson wrote -
In Bravo Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion we had a First Sergeant who punished us every Monday for our weekend indiscretions with a 10 mile run around Lawson Army Airfield, across the Chattahoochee River, and up a hill into Alabama. Christian Kilpatrick would complete this run every Monday in a well worn pair of Vans shoes. We all used to wonder how he did it, and his answer was "the dude abides." Christian would follow up our morning workouts with his favorite breakfast of a Coke and a smoke. He was a true California kid. I don't think I ever saw Christian upset, he had the ability to ignore the pressure of the job. I had the pleasure of meeting Christian during the Ranger Indoctrination Program and when we went across the street to 3rd Battalion we were both put in Weapons Squad and were roommates for several years. The Dude served two tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq with the US Army's 3rd Ranger Battalion. He was killed in an ambush in Iraq on May 1, 2004 while working as a contractor. Our team is running in memory of Christian Kilpatrick, John Edmunds, Chris Stonesipher, Nino Livaudais, Ryan Long, Russel Rippetoe, Andrew Chris, Timothy Conneway, William Amundson, Michael O'Neill, Brian Harrison, John Henderson, Damian Garza, Timothy Shea, Dillon Jutras, James Regan, Kristofer Thomas, Ryan Garbs, Larry Rougle, Brian Reese, Brad Leatherman and the Airborne Ranger in the Sky.
Run Ranger Run
A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days). They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.
Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment, homelessness and suicide. The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from May 2012 show Global War on Terror veterans are 40% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served. The VA reports eighteen veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day this year – a rate unheard of before now. We can make a difference!
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.
As a Result
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – we are offering an annual Run Ranger Run event.
Run Ranger Run: A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days). They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.
- A team captain recruits and forms his or her team.
- Team goal is to walk, run or ride a bike (or any combination) a total of 565 miles during February.
- Teams can be two to ten people.
- Teams are not limited geographically. It can be a local group that logs mileage together or could be a team spread out across the USA or even overseas.
- Teams can honor a fallen, wounded or serving soldier, sailor, airman or Marine by naming their team in honor of that person, and their team website should be able to reflect that.
- Teams will register and track their progress online
- Teams raise money by getting family, friends and co-workers to sponsor them per mile
Visit our official web site HERE.