continued According to Pace, Martin’s parents recently used the tickets to visit their son.
After hearing the Martins’ story and seeing the impact the DHP had on this family, Pace knew he needed to find some way to contribute.
“I probably wouldn’t have thought to do this event if I didn’t go to the event and see face-to-face how the DHP affected this family,” Pace said. “I was thinking there has to be something I can do, especially with the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming up. I was thinking of Arlington, Va., where our fallen soldiers, warriors and veterans are buried, and then the World Trade Center, where these wars really kind of started. So those are the two spots that I decided to start and end at and I wanted to leave at least 100 miles to run.”
Pace is a sponsored CrossFit athlete and has been doing CrossFit for two years. Fitness is nothing to him, he has been serious about fitness his entire life. He trains five to six days a week and sometimes twice a day if his body feels up to it.
“I am always looking at different ways to challenge myself,” Pace said. My house is like a Rocky movie. I have gymnast rings, a 550- pound tire, concrete atlas stones and pretty much anything else you can think of that can challenge me physically.”
Pace is not training specifically for this, but he will continue his normal CrossFit routine. He believes this event will be one of the greatest challenges in his life. However, as physically and mentally demanding as he predicts this journey to be, Pace is determined to finish.
“I have already told myself that I am going to finish no matter what,” said Pace. “I know there will be times when I want to quit but that’s when I have to realize why I am doing this and who I am doing this for. Those 36 to 48 hours of what some people may call ‘hell’ is nothing compared to what our wounded vets and families of lost loved ones have gone through. That is my motivation.”
To for more information about Pace’s Journey of Freedom visit the facebook page at facebook.com/#!/JourneyOfFreedom.
Kenneth W. Norman is an Airman First Class in the 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs. He can be reached through 97AMW.PA@altus.af.mil.