Cazenovia Air Force Captain Chris Pace, 58th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot, is planning to bike from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, for approximately 150 miles and then run another 100 miles to Ground Zero in New York City, Sept. 10 to11, without stopping to rest.
“I am going to finish. Whether I have to walk the last 50 miles or however far it is, I am going to finish. I have told myself that,” Capt. Pace said about his upcoming challenge. “No one is going to let me stop, I have already told my family not to try and stop me. It is going to be very mentally and physically demanding.”
Pace is calling his athletic quest the “Journey of Freedom” and he is doing it in support of The Disposable Heroes Project, a non-profit organization that supports wounded and fallen warriors and their families.
His overall goal is to complete this event in 36 hours and raise at least $25,000 for the DHP, which is similar to the Make a Wish Foundation in that it tries to improve the lives of wounded veterans and the families of fallen warriors.
The idea for the “Journey of Freedom,” first came to Pace after he attended a CrossFit Native event on April 30 in Warr Acres, Okla. The event was in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Jack Martin III, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash., who was killed Sept. 29, 2009 by an improvised explosive device in Jolo Island, Philippines, during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Martin’s parents and siblings were present during the CrossFit event and spoke about their son, how much he loved CrossFit and how much this event meant to them. It was there that the DHP gave Martin’s parents two-round trip tickets to Wash., to visit his ashes. At the time the tickets were given to Martin’s parents, they had not yet reached the point in their grieving process to visit their son’s remains.