106-mile ‘Freedom Ruck’ raises awareness for Navy SEALs

At 7: 30 each morning of Jan. 5, Vic Sensible began the day with an incredible bodily challenge — not a grueling fitness center workout, but  the fifth yearly Freedom Ruck.

Wise, the son and sibling of U. S. Army Rangers, set out to travel 106 miles by walking from the Virginia War Memorial within Richmond, Va., to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery in just 48 hours —   carrying a heavy rucksack plus an American Flag — as a devoted initiative to raise funds and understanding for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The group decide early on Jan. 5.   (Vic Wise)

“ The aim of Independence Ruck is to basically say thank you. We try to lead simply by example and inspire folks in order to stand behind these heroes and their own families, ” Wise said in an job interview with Fox News. “ Our own hope is to rally the public to do this. Our servicemen and women should have to know how much we appreciate them. ”

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They travel almost continously to get 48 hours.   (Vic Wise)

Wise told Sibel News he was inspired in order to launch the project in honor of their best friend, who currently serves as the Navy SEAL. Learning more about the particular elite program as his closest friend trained for admission, Wise experienced compelled to do something for the Navy blue SEAL Foundation, which supports the whole SEAL community, from members in order to personnel and their families.

To date, Freedom Ruck offers raised over $30, 000 for that cause, according to their website .

Raised with a “ very strong appreciation for the sacrifice plus respect of our armed forces, ” Sensible launched the inaugural Freedom Ruck on “ something of a whim” in 2014, making the first journey alone from Richmond to Arlington on Route 1 . In the serving rain in 38 degree temperature ranges, Wise didn’ t anticipate the particular support he found along the way, through Fredericksburg to Alexandria.

Taking a much needed break on the previous Freedom Ruck.   (Vic Wise)

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“ People would certainly show up with hot chocolate, contributions or food, and be glad in order to walk with you for a little bit. There were 15 to 20 people strolling at one point, and that simply shows the power of community, ” Wise told Fox of the “ humbling experience. ” This year, he’ ll be joined by close friends Alex Miller, Robert Davies plus Wayne Paxton, as well as James Lafferty, Matt Zurat and brother Bill, who are proudly retired or energetic military personnel.

It wouldn’t be possible with no support from family and community.   (Vic Wise)

Although the physical toll is fierce plus Wise reveals that “ there’ s really no way to prepare” for the journey, he consults celeb fitness and nutrition trainer Decker Davis for endurance advice. Davis personally works for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson, who Smart manages.

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Wise is usually proud that the event has grown every year.   (Vic Wise)

Wise said that Wilson will be subsequent along the journey on social media plus encourages others to do the same.

“ Whether you’ lso are from a military family or not, associated with the military or not, everyone can assist make a difference, ” Wise said.

Janine Puhak is an editor pertaining to Fox News Lifestyle. Follow the girl on Twitter at @JaninePuhak