Last year, a single Coast Guard member, LT Brian Bruns, embarked on a journey to run 100 miles in honor of Coast Guard members who died in the line of duty since September 11th, 2001. This year the race has turned into a global event. Led by LT Lucy Love, 90 individuals formed relay teams to tackle the Keys 100 this weekend, a 100-mile ultra-marathon that begins in Key Largo ends in Key West. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, teams ranging from 25 to 300 people are running satellite races in Coast Guard cities around the world in conjunction with the Keys 100. These runners are racing to honor the Fallen Heroes of the Coast Guard.
LT Lucy Love, Coast Guard Foundation Senior VP of Development Brad Sisley, and Chief Petty Officer Tracey Addicott on Thursday night.
Here are just a few places where people are running to honor the Fallen Heroes of the Coast Guard tomorrow: Alameda, Borinquen, Puerto Rico, Cleveland, Elizabeth City, Fort Leavenworth, Honolulu, Juno , Kodiak, Miami, Mobile, New London, Philadelphia, Portsmouth, Sacramento, Savannah, San Diego and Washington D.C. Runners are even participating while on deployment in Kuwait.
Last night, the Keys 100 teams presented the Coast Guard Foundation with an initial donation for $10,154, all to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation's Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to children of Coast Guard members who die in the line of duty.
Please join us in wishing all the runners and their support teams the best of luck. We extend our thanks and appreciation for their contributions to the scholarship fund. We hope you find their efforts as inspiring as we do.
Here's how you can help:
- Post a note of encouragement to the runners (use the comment section on our story)
- Follow the race progress on the Coast Guard Run to Remember website
- Join the Coast Guard Run to Remember on Facebook
- Join the Coast Guard Foundation on Facebook (we'll cross post updates over the weekend)
- Read about Fallen Heroes Scholars: Patti Bruckenthal | Audrey Gill
- Make a contribution to the Coast Guard Foundation's Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund