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11-13-10, 10:10 PM #1
Marine Runs Marathon in a Gas Mask to Raise Awareness for Disabled Veterans
Why would a U.S. Marine run more than 26 miles wearing a gas mask that restricts up to 30 percent of his oxygen?
To call attention to those who will never be able to run again.
One year ago, Marine Sgt. Jeremy Soles founded Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate, Endure), a non-profit organization that raises awareness for wounded veterans. The group, which consists of five runners and five volunteer board members, attempts rigorous physical challenges to bring attention to the struggles of disabled service members.
So when Soles met Cpl. John Peck at Walter Reed Army Medical Center last month, the 33-year-old Marine had all the inspiration he needed for this year's challenge.
Peck, 24, had lost his arms and legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in May. But when he met with Soles, his attitude was buoyant, and Soles decided he'd run the 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon in his honor.
And he'd do it while wearing a gas mask. The difficulty, he said, served as a symbol of the suffering endured by Peck and hundreds of thousands of other veterans whose lives were forever altered by the trauma of war.
The record run landed Soles in the Guinness Book of World Records, but that's not why he did it.
FoxNews.com - Marine Runs Marathon in a Gas Mask to Raise Awareness for Disabled VeteransDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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11-13-10, 10:38 PM #2
He did it because Marines CAN!! Semper Fi to my brother!!!!
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