This past Sunday, the inaugural Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay came to a close as Team RWB member and wounded veteran Will Reynolds ran the final half mile of the 3800 mile journey into Walter Reed. Over 1000 team members, including Robin and myself, carried a single American flag along a 60 day journey that began in San Francisco on September 11. At Walter Reed, RWB founder Mike Erwin presented the flag to VA Secretary Bob McDonald to kick-off Veterans' Week.
Team RWB has grown to over 54,000 members since its founding in 2010 and Fitness Together has been a small part of that journey every step of the way. Thank you to everyone that has supported us on behalf of Team RWB for this event and the other events over the past 4 years. Since 2010, FT has raised over $25,000 to help veterans reintegrate back into their communities after returning from combat.
Did you know that 30% of Team RWB's members are civilians with no direct or indirect connection to military service members? I think that's a profound statement of the power of this community based organization that uses fitness to connect and heal.
All over the country, local chapters organize fitness activities to support veterans and their communities. Whether you like to bike, hike, yoga, or race, there is an activity near you. For example, Team RWB members meet every Wednesday night at Lululemon Athletica in Bethesda for a 3-5 mile run and social gathering.
FT will continue to support Team RWB and we hope you will become an active member in this community as well. As a quick highlight, in the next year we will run the American Odyssey Relay, Rock the Creek Relay, and next year's Old Glory to raise money and awareness. Again, thank you for your support.