Captain Carole DiPardo, 211th Military Police Battalion, created the friendly competition for her fellow troops in Camp Taji with a simple goal: Run 100 miles during the month of February. Although DiPardo originally established the challenge to promote cardiovascular health and fitness, the run was also instrumental in helping stationed U.S. service members relieve stress and boredom during what were often long and tedious deployments. With nearly 300 regististered runners and walkers its first year, the inaugural Taji 100 was a huge success.
Taji 100 is an offical supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, and foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Now with duality of purpose, the Taji challenge strives to promote cardiovascular health and fitness through an engaged, supportive peer network, as well as raise funds for wounded veterans who sacrificed so much of themselves to ensure our freedom.