200 miles, 40 legs, 33 hours in Support of Cancer Research
These men (and 1 woman!) ran the race in honor of those affected by cancer, donating one hundred percent of their fundraising dollars to The V Foundation.
The team, a group of Texas A&M Corps of Cadets alumni with years of triathlon experience, initially started running the race in pursuit of a fun, around-the-clock challenge. This year, one wife stepped up to take the place of an injured member.
In 2013, the team decided to change their strategy and began to fundraise for The V Foundation, gathering support from family and friends through social media.
“When we ran the event in 2013 we wanted to run for a cause. During last year’s race my mother was battling bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). It was an easy decision with the impact and reputation The V Foundation organization has,” said team member Marc Mulkey.
“We had a team goal to raise $12,000 for The V Foundation. That was our goal for the last year’s event too. Since the team all graduated from Texas A&M, the 12th Man is an honored tradition for us–12th Man, 12 team members, $12,000 etc.,” said Mulkey.
Team members even dedicated each leg of their race to a specific individual who was fighting or has fought cancer.
The team plans to continue their tradition in years to come.
“Our event left a huge impact! Bottom line is everyone knows someone who is affected by cancer. We dedicated legs to those who’ve won, those who’ve lost, and those still fighting today. It gave us motivation and gave people an opportunity to make a difference,” said Mulkey.
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Read more about the Texas Independence Relay here.