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WHY WE RACE
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel. Learn more about the SOWF here!
The forces covered by the SOWF include Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, Marine Special Operations, Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Navy Special Boat Units, Army and Air Force Special Operations aviation units and others throughout multi-service Special Operations organizations.
In other words, for those not familiar with the Special Operations community, SOWF benefits those forces who carried out the May 2, 2011, raid that killed Osama bin Laden, those famous "Horse Soldiers" who started the ground war to overthrow the Taliban government in Afghanistan ten years earlier, the famed Army Rangers, as well as the Air Force Special Operations community made famous by the movie the Perfect Storm.
The SOWF is currently committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to more than 1,000 children. That means a free college education for some very deserving children. These children survive over 900 Special Operations personnel who gave their lives in patriotic service to their country, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines, as well as during "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and the current fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist forces worldwide. Since 2005, the SOWF has provided over $4.4 million to its beneficiaries, including helping family members travel to the bedside of their wounded warriors recovering overseas. A third-party actuarial firm recently determined the financial resources necessary to honor the SOWF's pledge to be $146 million (in 2015 U.S. dollars). That is a HUGE need to fill!
We personally know about that need for the SOWF's support. In 2009, we started the Warrior Tri Team to honor four of our nation's finest, each of whom fell in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 - Sergeant Major Brad Conner, Sergeant First Class Nate Winder, Sergeant First Class Mike Tully and Sergeant First Class Adrian Elizalde. Those Fallen Four left behind six great kids. Kids with educational and financial needs.
Our first race was on September 11, 2010 with a team comprised of fellow comrades who served with one or all of the Fallen Four, other service members who also lost brothers in arms, and those who simply believed in something bigger than themselves.
Since that time, the team has expanded to include Gold Star family members, more friends of the Fallen, and team member spouses. Our team continues to grow and now consists of members who never knew the Fallen Four.
Thanks to the outstanding support we received from friends, family and supporters who believed in our cause, we have now raised approximately $233,000 for the SOWF in seven years! We are humbled and honored by our supporters' generosity.
THIS YEAR'S RACES
For the eighth straight year, the Warrior Tri Team will come from around the world to join friends and family to raise funds and awareness for the SOWF. This year, we are going to try something different:
Some of our team will once again join forces Greg Hawkins and his Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series team for the 70.3-mile Kinetic Half in Lake Anna, Virginia, on May 13, 2017.
Following, more of our team will take on the 70.3-mile Half Ironman in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on June 25, 2017.
Each year, whether being part of a relay team or going it alone, our team members pledge to individually raise $2500 to honor our nation's fallen heroes and to help provide their children a college education. Our collective goal is to raise over $20,000 for the SOWF annually. Please visit the Warrior Tri Team page on Facebook. You will be able to see some of our workouts, our support and the motivation behind our team. We put in some serious hours training to honor our fallen brethren. Come check us out! If you want to join the Warrior Tri Team, e-mail us!
To tip our caps where due, Greg Hawkins and his Virginia-Maryland Tri Series (VTS/MTS) team have continued to designate the Special Operations Warrior Foundation as the official non-profit charity for multiple VTS/MTS 2017 races. That means, in addition to what the Warrior Tri Team raises on this website and offline, a portion of Greg's race proceeds will also go directly to the SOWF. We could never thank Greg and his team enough for their generosity over the years of our friendship!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you can read this and have the ability to click a computer mouse, please consider donating (all donations are secure). Be sure to name the teammate you are supporting (so we can keep track)! Literally, every single dollar counts, so donate what you can!
If you can come support us on May 13th at Lake Anna State Park, Virginia, or on June 25th at Coeur d'Alene City Park, Idaho, we would be honored to have you there! Consider volunteering on race weekend at either the Kinetic Half or Coeur d'Alene Half Ironman. Be sure to mention "Warrior Tri Team!"
Whether you can donate or not, whether you can be in Lake Anna or Coeur d'Alene or neither, please consider forwarding this link to your family and friends. We think sending some very deserving children to college is worth our efforts. We hope you do, too.
"Giving a little for those who gave all." - The Warrior Tri Team
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