Why We Run
PTSD is commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's what led to the death of a soldier named PFC Kyle Marshall Farr in 2009. From that death was born Race for a Soldier and a new meaning for PTSD: Permission to Start Dreaming.
Kyle's mother, Leslie Mayne, struggled through the civilian version of post-traumatic stress after the loss of her son. There was no bringing Kyle back but there was a way to honor his life and Leslie found it.
With the help of countless volunteers, family and friends Race For A Soldier, a half marathon contested in Gig Harbor, WA, was started in the fall of 2011. It wildly exceeded expectations, drawing an average of 1,300 runners and raising upwards of $100,000. All the net proceeds were split among organizations who are helping soldiers recover from war and readjust to life back home.
Suicide among servicemen and women is an epidemic. In the last year of 2012, more soldiers have died at their own hands than in combat. Many soldiers need help in working through the stress of war and the hurt they keep inside. Race For A Soldier is one way you can help. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or give, you can positively impact the life of one of our returning soldiers.
Now in its third year Race for a Soldier is expanding by adding Swing For A Soldier (a golf tournament held two days before the race). The momentum is all thanks to a generous community that was alerted to a need and filled it. We're reaching out once again for your assistance. Just know when you support Race For A Soldier, Swing For A Soldier and the Prayer Breakfast, you will be lifting up a soldier who risked his or her life for you and give them Permission to Start Dreaming.
In Honor of PFC Kyle Marshall Farr
We Love You & Miss You!