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.
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 in 2010. When I returned to the civilian world, I wanted to continue that athletic motivation and camaraderie that I grew so found of. 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 2013, we had approximately 500 runners/walkers spread across the country, completed thousands of miles, and raised over $14,000 to support Wounded Warrior Project!
This incredible accomplishment could not have been achieved without the exceptionally skilled and motivated team members working with me on this adventure. We are very proud to be teamed up with Wounded Warrior Project! Together, we can say, “Thank you, for giving so much for every one of us.”
I am a Sunnyvale, CA native. Ever since high school, I have worked in professions that helped others. I started out as a lifeguard/swim instructor, then migrated through positions such as EMT, combat medic in the military, San Jose Police Officer, and now I am very proud to serve the city of Sunnyvale, CA as a Public Safety Officer. As a Public Safety Officer, I am a full time police officer, fire fighter, and EMT.
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!Some of my favorite motivational quotes are:
“The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” - Wounded Warrior Project
“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