Running to Support Our Troops

After finishing the 2010 NYC Marathon I suddenly came to the realization that I was now indeed a runner and began following every running Facebook page, email newsletter and even Twitter feeds.

It’s through Twitter that I found this cool race that raises money for It’s called the Spring Break: 1 Piece 1 Mile Fun Run. The catch is that you have to run the 1.25 mile race in your “Best Beach Outfit”. The race will be held on Saturday May 14, 2011  in Upper Marlboro, MD so if you live in the area or want to take a road trip you can check out the website at

I reached out to the race director, John Brathwaite, to learn more about this race as anything that sounds like this much fun and raises money to help our Troops that fight for our freedom every day has to be a good thing. Here is what he had to say about the race he founded.

    SPRING BREAK: 1 Piece 1 Mile Fun Run – Raise $$$ For Our Troops

My senior year in high school, I had a group of close friends that I hung out with. Some of my friends decided to go on to college, others decided to seek employment and there were a few that decided to go into the military. I had the most respect for my buddies that decided to leave home, go abroad and serve our country so that we could enjoy the freedom we all have today. As I got older and began traveling 90% of the time for work, I would run into soldiers coming from active duty and leaving for active duty in the airport. I wanted to show my appreciation for them so I began by buying several Starbucks gift cards and as I ran into a soldier in the airport or on my plane I would give them a card and say thank you for all that you do. It wasn’t much but it was all I could do at the time. I also noticed that a lot of soldiers were listening to MP3 players back then so I purchased cards for them to download music for free and gave those out as well. After five years of doing that, I was laid off from my job but wanted to continue helping others especially the brave men and women that fight for our freedom; so I contacted SUPPORTOURTROOPS.ORG and pitched my idea. They loved the concept of a Fun Run in everyone’s “Best Beach Outfit” and getting all that register to help fundraise for our Troops; so we began planning this fun inaugural event. Our hopes are that this event will grow each year through participation, media coverage and raise lots of money for those that protect us each day…..our Troops.

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    About (from April Pilato- Support Our Troops)

A neighbor goes off to serve our country as a member of the military. Morally, what do we do for him, for her? These brave men and women daily face the real threat of injury or death and struggle with being separated from those they love. (SOT) provides simple constructive ways for citizens and community minded businesses to show their patriotism and appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to protect our country, our families and our American way of life. Through a variety of programs supported by the generosity of fellow Americans, SOT has been able to send millions of dollars in care packages of food and personal care items to the troops every year, hundreds of thousands of value-saving coupons for military families stationed abroad, support at home through specialty license plate programs, online news, community forums, and more. They do this all with a singularity of purpose: to show our brothers and sisters in the military that they have our love, our respect and our gratitude.
They Support Us — Let’s Support Them!

“Thank you for your thoughtfulness to the needs of the troops. The kindness you have shown makes a difference in the day-to-day lives of our service members. God bless you, and please keep up with the things you are doing. –Lt. Ronald, USAF Wing Chaplain

“My sailors and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the hard work that went into making your donation possible. Your patriotic support is a great encouragement to all.” – Capt. David, USN

“Everything you have sent has been such a blessing. Even the simple things are hard to come by out here so every last bit helps and makes it that much easier for us to do our job. Thank you for all you do in support of us and all of our fellow soldiers out here. You are truly a blessing.” SSGT Kristen —–, Kirkuk

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