By: Jesse Carr
The winds were blistery. Cloudy skies and temperatures were in the 60's--ideal running conditions. The course led runners through elegant homes of University Park offering incredible views of Southern Methodist University's most historic sights. On this cool September morning, runners gathered to not only test themselves, they gathered to support Heroes in Action.
As I ran the course I looked longingly at the back of my 17 year old brother some 30 seconds ahead of me. I tried not to feel defeated, but I knew that this was something that I would hear about for days to come. It wasn't the thought of getting first place that drove me, it was just the sheer annoyance of knowing that I was about to lose to my younger brother. But at that moment, as I watched him disappear ahead of me and I listened to the rattle of my dog tags around my neck my focus was elsewhere. My focus was on our mission, the entire reason why we were running in the first place, to Remember the fallen, Respect the honor of those affected by loss, and Recognize the endurance of those who served and continue to serve their community and nation.
A longtime friend, Jason McClaren, recruited me to join Heroes in Action six months ago. While I have not been able to devote as much time as Jason, Heroes in Action Founder and Managing Director, my time in the Marine Corps Reserve and as a 911 dispatcher has shown me just how important and effective organizations like Heroes in Action are. We celebrated Heroes in Action’s one year anniversary on September 11th.
Throughout the past year, we have succeeded in finding sponsors and volunteers that form the core group that will ensure Heroes in Action will operate for years to come. Our team has grown closer through all of the challenges we have endured together. We look forward to the work ahead. We know Heroes in Action will help those in need.
Eventually I would finish second, 39 seconds behind my brother, much to my dismay. Even though he beat me the day was a success. We had officially pulled off our first event. As we look to the future and find ways to bring in more sponsors, participants, and volunteers we are keeping our focus on what is important. Remembering, respecting, and recognizing. Special thanks to Jason and Sheri for their dedication and perseverance to ensure the events' success.