The RUCK will represent the “US ARMY”. My cap (Marine Corp utility) for the day will represent the “U.S. Marine Corp” and Honoring Marine Louis M. "Red" Pelosi 84 (World War II and the Korean War. For gallantry in action in Korea he was awarded the Silver Star and was also the recipient of 3 Purple Hearts) who passed away last week in Boston” and “Lt. John Patrick O’Shea, (Retired Marine Corp Pilot and father in-law to a Chicago Police Officer)”. The flags will represent the “Chicago Police Memorial Foundation” and the “Wounded Warrior Project”.
It was the hardest physical event I’ve ever done from start to finish. My feet took a real beating but I still have them and they will get better. My shoulders and arms are sore, but I still have them and they will get better. The people I race for don’t have that luxury so I’m grateful for being able to complete this event. The support I received from my team before, during and after the race was remarkable.
I have no idea how I finished that last mile but when I turned on Michigan Ave and headed up Roosevelt Bridge for those last 200 meters to the finish line the crowd and fellow runners lifted me off my feet to the end. I can’t tell you how much support during and after the race I’ve received. 1 out of 3 runners made an effort to run from the opposite side of the street to thank me, ask if I needed any help, thank you sir, Semper Fi, I saw you do this at the Lake Geneva Triathlon, tell me about their service experience, can I take a photo with you. Mothers who have sons & daughters in the military ran up to me in the water stops to hug and kiss me and thank me. It was overwhelming and very gratifying.
“I walk into "Q" BBQ to order a Fred Flintstone size burger with all the sides...and this table of men and women see me and tell the waitress to pick up my tab. Why I asked? "You're that crazy guy who ran with giant pack and flags, please join us at our table. We wanted to thank you because our son is in the military and our other son is a cop"...Nice way to end a long day. I love Karma....”
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