In 2011, 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 11, 2001. One year later, the race was transformed into a global event. Led by LT Lucy Love, 90 individuals formed relay teams to tackle the Keys 100, 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 ran satellite races in Coast Guard cities around the world in conjunction with the Keys 100. These runners race to honor the Fallen Heroes of the Coast Guard who have been lost since 1992.
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 ran to honor the Fallen Heroes of the Coast Guard: 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.
The Keys 100 teams presented the Coast Guard Foundation with a 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