CORE RUN team
February 11-13, 2021
Tallahassee to Jacksonville | 170+ Miles
SERIOUS RUNNERS ONLY PLEASE
We are assembling a small group (20 maximum), of active or former military personnel or dedicated athletes to comprise a core team of runners committed to a 3-day 170 mile tribute run from Tallahassee to Jacksonville. The run has a specific timetable for each marker throughout each day. Runners need to be flexible, willing to run on any given day and when needed. RAIN OR SHINE.
Runners will run approx. 1 mile for every Florida fallen military hero who died while serving during the current war on terror, stopping to salute and give tribute by name at every Hero Marker, briefly greeting family, friends and comrades who may be waiting nearby. Stopping no longer than 90 seconds each.
Each runner must be physically capable of a consistent 8-9 minute mile for 2 mile legs. Core teams will regularly rotate over the 3-day period. We are not looking for quantity of runners but a solid team dedicated to the remembrance of those who gave their lives and their families. This route will be grueling at times because of distance as well as weather and winds through many areas as we near the finish. A specific pace must be maintained in order to timely greet waiting families. All registered runners are considered part of the core team and will be required to participate in active fundraising.
Meet This Year's FLORIDA
CORE RUN TEAM
57 yrs old From Cleveland,OH. Lived in South Florida since the age of 15. Now residing in Jacksonville. I have run 20 marathons and a couple of Ultras (50k). I have donated 53 gallons of blood in my lifetime. I am looking forward to this event for the experience of a lifetime.
I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Florida in 2018. I started participating in charity runs in 2012. It is a great way to combine my passion for running and give back to the community. I never served in military, but have many family members who have. The military and their families sacrifices so much for the freedoms we enjoy, especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Remembering and honoring their sacrifice is very important. That is why I am very proud to be a part of this run.
God Bless America
I am a licensed massage therapist, yoga instructor and avid runner. I was in the army (Military Intelligence) for 9 years. I served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield among many peacetime exercises. My favorite duty station was Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. It was nice to serve our wonderful country and live in paradise at the same time. As a runner I have run many races from 5k to 50k. One of my most proud running moments was running the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. The "Blue Mile" where the fallen soldiers were being honored was such a surreal experience. When I was offered the opportunity to "Run For The Fallen" in Florida, I jumped at the chance. I cannot wait to be a part of this event!
Born at Cherry Point NC, Served USMC 07-13 Lives in Daytona Beach FL and has volunteered for team RWB since 2014 as Athletic Director and now the veteran Engagement Director. I have ran the Marine Corps Marathon for the past 4 years and participate in a lot of local 5ks. I had the honor of running the American Odyssey Relay with Team RWB where we finished first in the military division and placed 2nd overall. I like to push myself an take on new challenges and help people along the way.
Mark Mease II
Team RWB Daytona Beach Veterans Engagement Director