As a fourth generation US Army veteran I have deep ties to the military and a profound respect for all who have served their country. My great grandfather served in WWI, both grandfathers in WWII, father in Vietnam, and I was in Iraq.
Even as a veteran, I know that there are thousands upon thousands of honorable men and women who have given far more to this country than I can ever imagine. As an American, I feel it is my duty, at a minimum, to support them and show that their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.
I was a competitor in the first Taji 100 back in 2010. Now that I returned to the civilian world, I want to continue that athletic motivation and camaraderie that I have grown so found of. Once home, I picked up the Taji 100 torch and ran with it. The first stateside Taji 100 in 2011 was a mere 12 people and miles were tracked with pen and paper. Since then, Taji 100 has grown to levels far beyond my dreams and continues to show even greater potential. In 2012, we had well over 100 runners/walkers complete thousands of miles! This year I am blessed to have some exceptional skilled and motivated team members working with me on this adventure. Together we have created the best Taji 100 by far.
We are very proud to be teamed up with Wounded Warrior Project! Together we can show our appreciation for their sacrifices and say, “Thank you, for giving so much for every one of us.”
I am a San Jose and Sunnyvale, CA native. Ever since high school, I have worked in professions that helped others. I started out as a life guard/ swim instructor, and migrated through positions such as an EMT, a combat medic in the military and I am now very proud to serve the public as a San Jose Police Officer.
Running is a relatively new love in my life, but it is a passion that will stay with me forever (knees willing). I have completed numerous 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks, and a hand full of Half Marathons. There was a time in my life where running a single mile would make me gasp for air and clutch my chest. Like most things in life, running is something that takes practice, patience, and motivation.
Even if you don’t join our event, I hope that you will consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project or another organization dedicated to supporting our veterans. They need our help. Every little bit helps.
Thank you in advance.
Lead from the front!
Lead by example!
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of those who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” - Albert Einstein.
“…A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.” - James Baldwin.
“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” –Unknown author.