Running for the Fallen – May Edition
Race #5 already. Goodness. Time flies when you’re having fun.
I think I’ve looked forward to this race since Two Little Feet was born for a couple reasons.
1. Its THE marathon. Last fall my marathon was cancelled due to a giant snow storm and I was eager to get another full on my list.
2. Its in Boise, ID which is home to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. I’m excited to get to spend some time with those people.
3. It just happens to fall at the perfect time for “Family Weekend” at the Foundation. I am hoping to connect with some families that have lost a loved one. To share my story and let people know that I’m out there remembering the fallen.
I have been doing my best to hang in with marathon training. I’m excited for the time to come to start this journey. If I think too much about finishing this race I get a little emotional. Its a huge deal to me to be able to finish this thing. I will crawl if I have to to finish this race!
Without further adieu. I want to introduce you to the men I am honoring this race. I hope that if you are in the Boise area that you will come out! I would love to meet any of you at any point along the course. Heck…if anyone wants to strategically place themselves say mile 20-21 and run those last 5 miles with me to get me home to the finish I would be more than happy to share them with you!
Luke was killed last June when he was struck by a falling portion of a tree. He was working for the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers out of Redding, CA at the time of his death.
Mark was killed last September while conducting a training jump. He was working as a BLM Boise Smokejumpers at the time of his death. I am really excited to honor him while running in Boise. I’m hoping I can connect with his friends and family!
Alex was an engineer for CAL Fire at the time of his death. He passed away May 24, 2013.
Daniel was working in New Mexico for the Sacramento Ranger District at the time of his death. He was working on a Forest Service project when he suddenly collapsed in May of 2013.
Randy was killed on the Mailbox fire in 2004 in Florida. I am told he loved fighting fire and “training young fire-dog firefighters.”
Please take a minute to remember these men.
Continue to pray for healing for their families as we lost some of these men just last year.
As always I ask that you donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in honor of one or of all of these men.