Marine Raider Challenge Event 1
On President’s Day weekend, we brought 30 current and former Marine Raiders (and Special Operators from other communities) together for healthy Competition and Camaraderie. Operating in teams of two, they completed the longest physical event the city of San Clemente has ever permitted, which included a 2-km swim in the Pacific Ocean, 12 miles of hiking over mountainous trails, multiple underwater crossovers in a local pool, and during an intense finisher’s workout at the finish line party at Jim Johnson Memorial Park. That evening we hosted competitors and other members of our community at Goody’s Tavern to reconnect and build relationships and resiliency amongst the men and women of our community.
Motivation for each of our teams was provided by memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Each team carried military identification (ID) tags from the start of the course to the finish line as a reminder of the warriors they ran to honor. We have enclosed one ID tag bearing the name of your fallen hero that was carried by a competitor over the entire course. This is a very small, but tangible way for us to remember the legacies of those we lost and please know that, as long as we are able to, we will continue to host this event to honor the legacy of your fallen hero.
Our Cause this year was to raise money for other SOF charities and each competitor created Facebook fundraising campaigns to give back to their favorite charities. The competitors did an amazing job and raised a total of over $75k that went back to the organizations they designated to support the SOF community. We plan to host this event on President’s Day weekend every year in San Clemente, CA.