What's Next for the Run to Remember?
Due to the overwhelming success of these efforts, the Run to Remember grew too large to be solely organized by volunteers. In 2014 and beyond, the Coast Guard Foundation will serve as the chief organizers of this project. We thank LT Love and PO Lawler for their committment to this event, and for ensuring that Coast Guard heroes are being properly honored and remembered.
These events allow Coast Guard personnel to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. We are so grateful to the run's organizers and volunteers who have transformed this event into something truly special. The Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember is a promise to those heroes who gave their lives that they will not be forgotten.
History of the Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember
In 2011, a single Coast Guard officer, Lieutenant Brian Bruns, embarked on a journey to run the Keys 100, an ultramarathon in the Florida Keys, in honor of Coast Guard members who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. LT Bruns raised $3,000 for the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund.
Since then, the race has transformed into a global event. Led by the tireless volunteer efforts of Lieutenant Lucy Love and Petty Officer Sean Lawler, 90 individuals formed relay teams to tackle the Keys 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon that begins in Key Largo ends in Key West. In 2013, thousands of people participated in events at Coast Guard bases across the country and overseas. The organizers presented the Coast Guard Foundation with a donation for $10,100 in 2012 for the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund. Following the 2013 events, that support jumped to more than $35,000, which is a truly amazing feat.