On July 27th, 2014, over 24 runners took their marks in San Francisco to raise money for combat Veterans suffering from PTSD, and to raise awareness to the plight of the combat veteran. Warriors Live On (WLO) runners came from all over the country to run this race. They spent their own money to enter the race, travel to the race and each trained individually. We worked hard to motivate each other, but geographically we were separated and had to train in small groups or individually. The dedication and sacrifice of each runner to get to the starting line is highly commendable and inspiring. Some were Veterans and others were family members of Veterans who had been to Iraq and/or Afghanistan. We were all able to meet the day prior to registration and took some team pictures. Everyone was really pumped up, trained up, and ready to run. The WLO Marathon Team was fortunate to meet the CEO and Founder of American 300 Tours, Mr. Robi Powers. He spent the evening with the CEO and Founder of Warriors Live On, Eva Belanger, and Major Jen Housholder of Hous Band. He was a great encouragement on Saturday and the morning of the race. Coincidentally, Mr. Robi Powers was also the announcer of the San Francisco Marathon and announced the full race. He was generous and kind to announce Warriors Live On and our Mission several times during the early and late morning hours. We were even invited to speak on stage after the race and speak more to PTSD and what Combat Veterans experience when they get home. WLO aims to heal traumatic stress and teach a new lifestyle to a Veteran. Often these men and women only know how to be a military member and know little of what its like to be a civilian in a “safe” space and environment. WLO is sending a special thank you to Mr. Robi Powers and the San Francisco Marathon. They put on a great race and we look forward to bringing a team back next year to run. Below is the sentiment of one of our marathoners. Ms. Danni Lewis comments, “I felt honored to run the full marathon in support of our fellow combat veterans. This was my first marathon and it definitely pushed me to my growing edge physically, mentally and spiritually. Over all a beautiful experience.” WLO was honored to have such a spirit running in support of the cause. She trained hard for the race, and spent days resting her sore muscles after. Thank you to all the runners and supporters of these runners. Thank you deeply for your donations and positive words of encouragement as we raised money. A special thank you to Karrie Ehlers for all her hard work in bringing this effort together, for spearheading this fundraiser, and doing the ground work to ensure a positive experience for all.