THE REASON BEHIND IT
On February 28th, 2020 Dustin “Swammie” Lang became one of the 22 American veterans that lose the battle to post traumatic stress and depression every day. Swammie was a Marine veteran who did three tours to Iraq earning a Purple Heart and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Though there is nothing we can do to change what happened that day. We can make a difference. By raising awareness and funds for Mission 22 the Swammie Shuffle will begin to redeem that day. We will not forget what happened, but we will not be crippled by it. We will use it as a reminder to reach out, to love each other, and to provide assistance for those who are struggling.
The runners in this event will begin at Sanbridge Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and run 100 miles south through the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Hatteras Light House. Once reaching the lighthouse they will turn around and run back.
While we understand that running 200 miles isn’t for everyone, we ask that you make a difference in whatever way you can. If you can make a donation, please do. If you can’t run, and aren’t able to make a donation please spread the word about Mission 22 and the resources they provide our veterans.
Our veterans are killing themselves at an alarming rate!
Did you know that while suicide rates in America rose 23% from 2001-2014, veteran suicide rose 32% during that same time?
Did you know that our veterans are 21% more likely to commit suicide than our civilian counterparts?
Did you know that we lose more veterans per year (8030) to suicide than were lost to combat during the entire Iraqi and Afghanistan wars combined (6916)?
Are you aware that female veterans are 2.4 times more likely to commit suicide?
Please help us help them...
THE RACE DETAILS
The race brief will go at 7:45am, Sunday February 27th, at 3713 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456. The race will begin at 8am. The race will end at noon on Saturday March 5th. This gives runners just over six days to complete just over 200 miles. The first and last 20ish miles will be along the beach between Sandbridge Beach VA and Corolla NC. From there you will be running on sidewalks and shoulders going through the Outer Banks of NC. There are three lighthouses along this course. The first in Corolla, the second on Bodie Island, and the the third is the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is also the turnaround point. In addition to the lighthouses it is very likely that you will see the wild horses of corolla during this event. Support is completely up to you. The race itself is not providing aid. We recommend you have someone to support you. There are several stretches between towns where there are no stores for 20ish miles at a time. The race will have volunteers who will come and pick you up if you find you are unable to continue. When and where you sleep are up to you. At the end of the day this race is intended to raise funds, so we are limiting what we provide as much as possible to ensure the money raised is going toward preventing veteran suicide. Their are only 22 open spots for those participating in person. If you do not get one of those spots you are not out of luck. Please submit to the waitlist and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why it is important for you to run the race. We will review those request and select the additional participants based on those emails. If you have questions please reach let us know and we will do our best to answer them.
Though this race is a fundraiser we are still offering some swag. The first thing all runners will get is a hat. These hats are being purchased through Mission 22, so the money is still going into the organization we are looking to support. All finishers will also receive a hand made wood burned finishers award. We are pretty excited about this, but you will have to finish to see what it is.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
All of the money made from this race is going to Mission 22. Josh and James are the race founders. Having both been impacted by veterans suicide we sought out an orginization that was not only raising awareness to veterans suicide, but being proactive about preventing it. Mission22 was the obvious choice. In addition to their counselling services, grocery assistance, wellness programs, fitness communites like crossfit, judo, and jiu jitsu, they also partner with several other organizations to make an impact and provide as many resources as possible to our veterans.
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