Mike Ehredt and Lisa Smith-Batchen, both from Teton Valley, Idaho, are on amazing running missions. Please consider running with them or cheering them on if they are passing through your town.
Mike's mission is called "Project America Run" where he will run 4514 miles across the United States to honor and remember service members lost in Iraq. He is currently placing flags that hold a yellow ribbon bearing the Name, Rank, Service, Age and Hometown of those whose dreams and ambitions were taken so quickly from us. The flags are being placed each mile along the roads he is traveling in reverse chronological order by date of death, till the very last flag is placed on the shores of the Atlantic in Rockland, Maine. This is a personal tribute, a silent memorial for those who have served with dignity and honor and whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.
To find out more about Mike's extraordinary journey check out:
- Mike's website Mike's wearing a tracking device and there's a cool map showing exactly where Mike is. Very cool!
- Mike's blog, a daily account of Mike's progress
- Mike's FaceBook page
The start of Mike's journey on May 1, 2010
Lisa Smith-Batchen is going to run 50 miles in 50 states in 62 days to raise money for orphans. All funds raised through the event will be donated to help orphans in the United States and abroad. The Dreamchasers Foundation will disperse 100% of donations between three organizations: The Orphan Foundation of America, AIDS Orphans Rising, and The Caring House Project.
Lisa started her run a couple of weeks ago and has already completed 500 miles!