On Saturday I am running in the Mudfactor run in Gretna, NE. It's a 5K obstacle mud run. A friend of mine asked me why I would want to participate in a mudrun. At first it was a personal challenge and then it was because Cassie McCreary peer pressured me and now its because of the organization that the run benefits. The proceeds from this event go to an organization called Helping Heroes Kids.
From their website:www.helpingheroeskids.org
"HHK is dedicated to helping the children of our Nation's heroes. The freedoms and safety we enjoy is paid for by the actions of our heroes. We need your support to show those who serve our country that we acknowledge them for the sacrifices they give. HHK is your voice in directly showing our Military Heroes, Law Enforcement Heroes, and Firefighting Heroes that they have not been forgotten. When loss or injury occur, HHK steps in!"
"The goal of Helping Heroes Kids is to send children to camp and or to assist with their college tuition. We are a non-profit, veteran run organization."
"Selflessly our heroes perform their duties. In the event of loss we provide the children of our heroes up to $15,000.00 for tuition used in higher education. Should severe injury resulting in the inability to return to duty occur, we provided up to $3,000.00 per child to attend a camp program."
I was searching for a goal, a reason why I get up nearly every morning at 5A to either lift kettlebells or to run. I don't want to be a bodybuilder and I'm not training to be a champion in anything. This run and others like it, give me a goal outside of myself. Something to focus on, something to strive towards, some way to give back to those who have given so much. I run on Saturday for my brother, SFC Brent M. Juelfs, and his family and those like him.