Going the distance for a patriotic cause

Going the distance for a patriotic cause

What's your favorite charity? Most likely, you have more than one cause that you donate some time and money. The level and type of giving seems to go hand-in-hand with the level of an individual's passion for the charity. The closer to the heart a cause is, the harder we work to support it.

In all of the many charitable efforts that ChiroSport has supported, there is perhaps none as demanding as the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series ("Mud Run" for short).  To be candid, there's nothing even pretty about this event. It's not a glamorous gala or easy silent auction, but a lot of sweat, pain, and mud. The real kind.

The Mud Run is a national competition event held in cities throughout the country to support Operation Gratitude. The mission of Operation Gratitude is to lift the morale of our military who are overseas serving our country. The organization sends care packages filled with thoughtful items and letters of appreciation, and lets each and every soldier know that they are not forgotten.

Those who register to participate in the Mud Run take on a big commitment. There's serious training for the variety of obstacles that include climbing inflatable mountains, hurdles, low crawl, tires, push ups, ladder walls, water crossings and the mud pit. As participants, we also raise money through donations.

Our goal is to raise $1,000 for Operation Gratitude. ChiroSport will match donations up to $500. All of this goes toward Mud Run's goal of $75,000 so that Operation Gratitude can send out over 100,000 packages this year. In addition to a monetary contribution, if you're looking for a reason to get your body in great condition, consider registering for Sacramento's Mud Run event on October 28. There's a price break if you register by August 19.

We have a website page to make a secure, and greatly appreciated, donation, go to: www.active.com/donation/2012OpGratitude/chirosport

To learn more about the Merrell Down & Dirty event, go to: www.downanddirtymudrun.com

This event stands out as a one-of-a-kind effort that has it all - fun, competition, action, buffed bodies and a patriotic cause that hits the heart of the American spirit. It's worth going the distance. Did we mention the training?!

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