IR4 Wounded Veterans

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Founded in July 2016, I Run 4 Wounded Veterans is the newest branch of the IR4 Community, serving military veterans who’ve returned from deployment with experiences most of us could never conceive and wounds to match. Many bear scars on their bodies; many on their souls and psyches.

No matter how their wounds take shape, IR4 stands to honor our heroes and the sacrifices they’ve made through supportive partnerships in which athletes run for and with them.

What do you have to do? First, READ OUR GUIDELINES!! Once you’re sure you’re ready to make the commitment (and it IS a commitment – relationship building always is!), just sign up. When you’re matched, dedicate your runs/workouts to your Veteran.  Simple as that. You can make signs, t-shirts, body paint, whatever you want to do to make your match. (We even have a group of amazing vendors to provide you all the gear and goodies you could want.) Upload pictures and tag your Veteran in the Facebook group. And give your running – or your runner – a whole new motivation!

GET STARTED HERE:

  1. Join our closed Facebook group I Run 4 Wounded Veterans.
  2. Complete your designated registration form:
    • If you are a RUNNER and want to be matched with someone with special needs, please CLICK HERE and complete the registration form.
    • If you are a WOUNDED VETERAN who wants to be matched with a runner/athlete, CLICK HERE and complete the registration form.
  3. Wait PATIENTLY as we make the matches! Depending on how long our wait list is and how many veterans we have registering for runners, it may take some time – Be patient! We haven’t forgotten you. Your wait will be well worth it!
  4. WHEN YOU ARE MATCHED: 

    Runners: Please post a minimum of three (3) times weekly whether or not you have been able to run so your Veteran knows you are still involved. This group is all about building relationships. Be sure to tag your Veteran in the post so they can easily find it on their newsfeed. We ask the Veterans to “like” your posts, comment and post updates also. We aren’t picky about your workout – running, walking, cross fit, yoga, or strength training – as long as you do it in honor of your match.  Racing is not required, but for those who do race, many honor their matches by sending their medals or other bling from the race to them.

    VeteransPlease “like” and comment on your runner’s posts and post updates about yourself as well. Please show your runner you appreciate their efforts by responding to their posts, sharing about yourself, telling your story, encouraging them with their running, and asking them about their activities.

    Building a supportive, encouraging relationship between Veterans and Runners is what we’re all about, so GET TO KNOW YOUR MATCH!

    If you have any questions or would like more information about IR4 Wounded Veterans, please contact Directors Jenna Lauber.


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