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    Rucking to raise awareness



    Story by Senior Airman Cassidy Morlock 

    124th Fighter Wing

    BOISE, Idaho - Three Air National Guardsmen from the 124th Security Forces Squadron raised over $2,000 dollars to donate to the Wounded Warriors Project and competed in the 2015 Race to Robie Creek, also known as the toughest half marathon in the northwest.

    Staff Sgts. Eric Sonderman, Adis Sisic and Louden Fleenor all trained rigorously to prepare for this race--a 13.1 mile course, they did so with 38-pound ruck sacks from a starting elevation of 2,725’ through the 4,797’ Aldape Summit.

    “Our flight chief, MSgt Lambrecht was the first to compete this race with the added weight in 2014 and we accepted this challenge to continue the tradition of the 124th Security Forces Squadron supporting the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Sonderman. “We were also inspired by all of the wounded warriors that have to go through greater challenges than what we faced during the race.”

    The Wounded Warriors Project is a nationally recognized organization that provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

    “This is a foundation that a lot of military personnel know about, but it is kind of a hidden secret when it comes to the general public,” said Sonderman.

    The three of them trained by doing practice runs of the course with the extra weight on their backs, as well as rucking around base. They also raised money for the Wounded Warriors Project, and during the race they received multiple pledges from civilians that had no previous knowledge of the Wounded Warrior Project.

    “Participating in the toughest marathon in the northwest is a fantastic way to show the public that this foundation exists and it supports wounded warriors all over the country,” said Sonderman.

    The three Airmen plan to compete again next year, and are looking to beat their time and raise even more money for The Wounded Warrior Project.

    To donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit



    Date Taken: 04.25.2015
    Date Posted: 05.03.2015 15:13
    Story ID: 162104
    Location: BOISE, IDAHO, US

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