Marine Runs 26 Mile Marathon Wearing Gas Mask for Disabled Vets!

November 13th, 2010 - 12:36 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Nov 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A United States Marine recently ran over twenty-six miles while wearing a gas mask, which reduced his oxygen intake by over thirty percent for one purpose…to bring awareness for those who have served their country and may never be able to run again.

Sgt Jeremy Soles of the United States Marine Corp, who served two tours in Iraq, founded a non profit organization last year in order to raise awareness for those veterans who were wounded while fighting for America’s freedom. The group, called ‘X-T.R.E.M.E’ (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate, Endure) is made up of five volunteer board members and five runners. They attempt very difficult physical challenges in order to demonstrate the struggle which disabled Veterans face.

While at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in October, Soles met Cpl John Peck, a twenty-four year old Veteran who had lost both his arms and legs when a roadside bomb struck him in Afghanistan last May. Peck’s personality and attitude were so uplifting that Soles made the decision to run the Marine Corps Marathon, a 26.2 miles race, in Peck’s honor.

He ran the race wearing the gas mask in order to symbolize the suffering which hundreds of thousands of men and women who were disabled while serving their country. The run, which took him four hours, twenty-nine minutes, and three seconds, was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to ‘FOX’ news.

But Soles insists it is not about fame or world records for him. “I’m no hero by any stretch of the imagination. These men and women have made these sacrifices not for themselves … not for any paycheck, but for freedom.”

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