Tim Talbot via Crowdrise
April 01, 2011
BENEFITING: SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION
This is a fundraising project to support the Special Operations Warriors Foundation. My inspiration to start this project was the story of Sgt. Keith Zeier, a fellow Recon Marine and an amazing athlete who raised approximately $85,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Sgt. Zeier was serving in Iraq with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion when on July 17th, 2006 he was involved in an IED explosion that left his left leg with both permanent muscle and nerve damage along with a severe head injury. This incident, unfortunately, ended his career in the Marine Corps but it has certainly not stripped him of the determination, perseverance, and mental toughness that he gained while serving as an operator in the recon community.
Accordingly, he decided to run a 100 mile ultramarathon from Key Largo to Key West, Florida in honor of the fallen Recon Marines and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. He ran the race to raise money for the families of the fallen and wounded warriors of the Special Operations community. Every cent of the money raised from the event went to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The constant and severe pain that he suffers in his leg serves now as a reminder of those great men with whom he served and befriended. Not to mention those who have laid down their life in defense of this country. He ran the race in honor of them and the job that they loved to do. Not a day passes that he does not think of the sacrifices they have made and how it has impacted their families, friends, and loved ones.