September Grand to Grand Ultra with TEAM Freedom Runners

September Grand to Grand Ultra with TEAM Freedom Runners

Hello Friends and Family,

TEAM Freedom Runners is about to embark on the Grand to Grand Ultra 170 mile self supported foot race that begins at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes at the Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah. We are participating to raise awareness and funds for the Little Warriors-A Brian Bill project, which supports outdoor mentor ship programs for the children of our fallen Navy Seals.
To find out additional info and to Donate, click the following link:

Click on the following link to see the CBS news story:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/09/15/extreme-athletes-run-170-miles-in-7-days-to-support-the-little-warriors-cause/


Click here to support Grand to Grand Ultra - TEAM Freedom Runners by THE LITTLE WARRIORS A BRIAN BILL PROJECT INC

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GRANDTOGRAND ULTRA with TEAM FREEDOM RUNNERS

GRANDTOGRAND ULTRA with TEAM FREEDOM RUNNERS

FREEDOM RUNNERS

GRANDTOGRAND

ULTRA 

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

Last August I met Mark “OZ” Ozdarski, a former Navy Seal, who joined our team to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. During the climb Mark shared the reason he was climbing Kilimanjaro was to raise awareness and financial resources for the Little Warriors Project, which supports the families of his fallen brothers. The funds are used to support adventure programs for the surviving Navy Seal children. When I heard this, my heart lit up!  I knew immediately, I too, wanted to support this mission. I have been a guide for many years sharing my passion for adventure and respect for the earth with people of all ages. I see firsthand the positive impact the natural world has on shaping the lives of children. 

In Mark's words, "Upon retirement, I pledged to uphold the promises that I made to my Teammates over 25 years of service. SEALs are prepared to run into harm’s way without hesitation because they know that their Teammates ‘have their six’, on and off the battlefield.  On combat deployments, we promised to look after each other’s loved ones if one of us did not make it home. I vividly remember those promises and the years that our families sacrificed at home without a husband or father while we repeatedly deployed overseas.  The Little Warriors - A Brian Bill Project - has made keeping those promises possible."

The Little Warriors – A Brian Bill Project - is a 501(c) (3) organization focused on creating opportunities to foster paternal-like mentorship for our nation’s heroes’ surviving kids.  By sponsoring unique outdoor excursions, former Teammates of over 90 fallen SEALs and their surviving children can establish lifelong bonds and strong reliable relationships to assist these kids into young adulthood thereby keeping our heroes’ legacies alive.

To support these mentorship excursions, our team aims to raise awareness and financial resources for the Little Warriors projects by participating in extreme endurance challenges. Mark, Greg Thompson (a highly accomplished and experienced endurance athlete), and I will take on the Grand-to-Grand Ultra. This event, acclaimed as one of “the toughest foot races in the world”, requires participants to run self-supported over 170 miles in under 7 days from the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Utah to the Grand Staircase in Arizona. Our 3 person team is named "Freedom Runners" and we will run all 170 miles together. The race will take place September 25-October 1, 2016. There are 147 athletes participating from 22 countries.  You can learn more about this adventure at: http://www.g2gultra.com

Greg and I are honored to help Mark keep his promise by competing in the Grand –to- Grand for such a noble cause. Being a part of this team, focused on our common goal, we will get through the suffering, and create a bond that will last a lifetime. Our mission is to reach the finish line and raise awareness and financial support for The Little Warriors. Please help us support these children whose fathers made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. Thank you!

To Donate:

https://www.crowdrise.com/grand-to-grand-ultra-/fundraiser/thelittlewarriorsabr  

For more information about The Little Warriors:

www.navyseallittlewarriors.org

Please feel free to share this letter with your friends and network.

With respect and gratitude,

Susan Riggio

Click here for the flyer for Freedom Runners

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If Ralph could see me now!

If Ralph could see me now!

Out here in my favorite Colorado town, Telluride with an awesome Cross Fit group from back east. 

Who should I run into at the the Coffee Cowboy after an amazing hike, but my boss from the Fashion Industry days... Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky! Great conversation and memories. 

Long gone are the days of cashmere suits, crocodile shoes, pearls, champagne and elegant showrooms. Now replaced by hiking attire, muddy boots, backpack and wide open spaces.

He asked me if I liked this life better. I replied, I love it! Fresh air, mountains, streams and waterfalls, and an office with endless views...the trail.

Truthfully, I Loved working in NYC, dressing up everyday, working in the showroom, traveling to many resort towns to work personally with clients, and exploring the world...  in Ralph Lauren style!

The right place at the right time in my 20's. 

I shared with him that I often say while out on the trail with friends, " If Ralph could see me now!" as I am wet and covered in mud! We had a good laugh together and hugs. Only in Telluride! 

Magic is in the air.

A Blessed Life!

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A Journey of Pleasure, Pain and Inspiration...The New York City Marathon 2015

A Journey of Pleasure, Pain and Inspiration...The New York City Marathon 2015

50,000 runners, nagging hip pain and an achilles issue prevented proper training for the marathon. The path I chose: More rest and less running to allow my body to heal.  This course of training or lack of had its benefits and its costs.

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