Rockledge Rumble to Make Donation to Warrior Expedition, Veteran Nonprofit
Nonprofit supports and encourages veterans through hiking trips and transitional programs
KELLER, TX, October 25, 2016—The Rockledge Rumble Trail Run, established in 1996, has raised funds for veterans’ nonprofits since 2001. This year, race director and owner, Chris Barnwell, announces that Warrior Expeditions (https://warriorexpeditions.org/) has been selected as this year’s beneficiary.
Warrior Expeditions was founded by Sean Gobin, a veteran of the Marine Corps. After returning home from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Gobin hiked all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking, Gobin then created the nonprofit, Warrior Expeditions, to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by participating in long distance outdoor expeditions.
Throughout the year, Warrior Expeditions hosts hikes around the country in addition to a bike trip and paddling trip. Veterans participating in Warrior Expeditions programs receive assistance in preparation for their hike, along the trail, and when they return. First, veterans receive the necessary equipment and supplies required to complete a long distance outdoor expedition. Next, Warrior Expeditions coordinates community support in the forms of transportation, lodging, and food from veteran and community organizations located along the route. When the trip is complete, Warrior Expeditions assists veterans with job placement opportunities by working with numerous sponsors and partners.
“Like most trail runners, I believe in the therapeutic benefits of the trails and in the benefits of challenging yourself physically and mentally,” said Barnwell. “The programs supported by Warrior Expeditions will change the lives of veterans as they transition out of the military and return to civilian life.”
In 2016, Warrior Expeditions supported 40 veterans. The organization is currently accepting applications for 2017 and has a goal to include 50 veterans in their programs.