BOSTON, Oct. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The iconic Boston Marathon will feature veterans and service members championing the mission of the USO as they run this year’s race on Oct. 11, 2021. The runners, some of whom work for the veteran led We Are The Mighty media and production company, have set their sights on raising more than $60,000 for the USO. Those funds will go to serving our Armed Forces and their families through USO programming and activities.
The runners include:
- Mark Harper: Air Force veteran and current President and CEO of We Are The Mighty, Mark Harper spent seven years as a Commander of Combat Video before bringing his passion for compelling visual storytelling to We Are The Mighty.
- Ryan Curtis: Ryan Curtis served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army for eight years and is currently the Digital Production Director at We Are The Mighty.
- Colonel Matthew Mapes: Colonel Matthew Mapes currently serves as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Drum and Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic.
- Zeth Millman: Active military member Zeth Millman is looking forward to running and being part of Team USO.
To support Team USO runners at the Boston Marathon, visit: https://www.givengain.com/cc/uso/.
«The USO is honored to be represented by these runners—whose selflessness, strength, and dedication to their country are unparalleled—in the 2021 Boston Marathon,» said Rebecca Parkes, USO Regional President for the Northeast Region. «Their participation and dedication to the USO will help us continue standing by service members and their families at every step of their military journey.»
The USO has received four invitational Boston Marathon entries from the John Hancock Non-Profit Programs each year since 2018. Funds raised help further the USO’s mission to keep the military community connected to family, home, and country.
«The opportunity to support such an incredible organization so dear to the military community was simply something I couldn’t pass up,» said Mark Harper, President and CEO of We Are The Mighty. «I’m honored to run with them.»
«Running the Boston Marathon has always been goal of mine,» said Ryan Curtis, Digital Production Director at We Are The Mighty. «Growing up in Massachusetts and watching the marathon while I was young brings back such great memories. Now, I have a chance to run one of the greatest marathon events in the world with the USO. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.»
The USO is grateful for the support of Stop & Shop—which has partnered with the USO for nearly a decade, raising more than $5 million to date—as well as Nussbaum Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, Covington Associates, and Colliers, who are sponsoring the 2021 USO runners’ bibs.
About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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