Petty Officer First Class Clay Anderson and his sister Petty Officer First Class Ashley Anderson spent the last week running the 185-mile long C&O Trail—starting in Cumberland, Maryland and ending in Georgetown—to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The WWP’s mission is to provide assistance and services for severely injured armed forces members.
Running in through the front gates around 6:30 p.m., the Andersons were accompanied by approximately 30 members of the Georgetown Running Club.
Dave Baran (SFS ’11), president of the GRC, told Vox that the group had always been looking to do a service project because they wanted to change the perception that club sports only care about competing.
GRC and other supporters raised more than $5800 by run’s end.
Erik Brine (GPPI ’11), President of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association, told the approximately 150-person crowd that Georgetown’s support of the event helps to make Georgetown a “shining star on the hill for veterans’ treatment on college campuses.”
The ceremony culminated in a presentation of a plaque and a flag flown over the Pentagon to wounded soldiers, each of whom had a day of the run dedicated to them. The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team then treated the crowd to a 10-minute performance.
But, don’t expect the Andersons to take on another ultra-marathon anytime soon. When asked about their future plans, Clay told Vox, “This was supposed to be a warm up to an intercontinental run. That idea died on the first day of the run. One hundred and eighty-five miles isn’t exactly a lot of fun.”
To learn more about the run, or to donate to the Wounded Warriors Project, go to www.185forHeroes.org.
Photo: Geoffrey Bible