Spring 2020 Wrap Up

Hello, <<First Name>> - 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe.  Thank you for being a part of the Foundation's community of people who support Marine Raiders and their families.  While COVID19 has definitely altered daily life for everyone, Marine Raiders continue to train and deploy, spending time away from loved ones as they protect our freedom.  The Foundation continues to fulfill requests for support, including being there for the families of Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo and Major Moises Navas, who were killed during combat operations in Iraq on March 8th, and Sergeant Wolfgang Kyle Weninger, who died while training in Fort Benning, Georgia on June 16th.  Your continued support keeps the Foundation ready and able to move quickly when the Marine Raider community needs assistance.

While in-person events continue to be postponed and cancelled, there are opportunities to get involved with the Foundation, including the 100-Mile Summer Sundry Challenge, Seaside Semper Five 5K, and Marine Corps Marathon Virtual Charity Partner Team.  Please read on for more details!

Thank you for being a friend of the Marine Raider Foundation!

Sarah Christian
Director of Operations

Please join the 100-Mile Summer Sundry Challenge 

The 100-Mile Summer Sundry Challenge started on June 15th and still has 6 weeks to go, ending on August 31st - plenty of time to sign up, start logging miles, and raise funds and awareness for the Marine Raider Foundation!  Join our 125 current Challenge athletes who are running, rucking, riding, rowing - moving in a forward motion to create mileage and meaning as they support the Marine Raider community! Registration is FREE, and you have the opportunity to earn some great fundraising incentives by hitting specific goals of $250, $500, $750, $1000 and beyond! Raise $500 and earn your Under Armour Challenge T-Shirt!  Hit $1000 and earn a pair of Oakley sunglasses! Sign up today by visiting!
Please Help Us Support Marine Raiders & Their Families

Registration for the Seaside Semper Five 5K is now open!  Live and virtual options available!

Sign up today and get this amazing race shirt - an Under Armour 1/4 zip!  No better race shirt on the planet, and a great way to support the Foundation and #Run4Raiders!  Please visit and register today!

Run the Marine Corps  Marathon Virtually to support Marine Raiders & families!

The 2020 Marine Corps Marathon is being offered as an all virtual event, so why not lace up those running shoes and tackle the 10K, Marathon or 50K? The Foundation is building a virtual Charity Partner Team, and we'd love to have you join us!  Details can be found at


2020 Rucking for Raiders Live & Virtual Ruck Raises Over $18,000!

Please join us in congratulating Daniel, Brandon, and the entire Rucking for Raiders crew on pivoting quickly when COVID19 threatened their May event and creating a way for people to ruck virtually to honor MARSOC's fallen heroes.  Teams from Florida and Alabama joined forces with individuals from across the Nation, crushing their goal of $15,000!  Great job, Rucking for Raiders!  Thank you for supporting the Foundation since our very early beginnings!

2020 Croatan Buck Fifty Cancelled Due to COVID19 But Still Raises $18,000 for the Marine Raider Foundation!

When COVID19 threatened the 2020 Croatan Buck Fifty, a multi-distance mountain bike event that traverses the Croatan National Forest in Eastern North Carolina, race director Matt Hawkins quickly shifted and created a raffle to help raise funds and awareness for the Marine Raider Foundation.  Thanks to sponsors including Ridge Supply, Rodeo Labs, Cutaway, Wahoo, & Panaracer, the raffle raised $18,000 to help support the Marine Raider community.  Thank you, Matt, for adapting to an unfortunate and unprecedented situation with flying colors!   The photo above is from last year's race, which starts each year at the Carteret County Speedway.

2020 MINT 400 Military Challenge Raises $24,000!

Team Bloody Ridge represented the Marine Raider Foundation at the 2020 MINT 400 in early March out in Las Vegas, #Racing4Raiders while raising over $24,000 in their fundraising campaign.  Jody Lynch, Marine Raider Regimental Commander, and former UFC Fighter Josh Koscheck paired up for their second year in the MINT 400, and brought on team members Matt Curran, Clint Alanis, and and Mike Parella.  The race covers 321 miles of terrain and is one of the top off-road races in the Nation.  Thank you to the team, and a special shout out to Matt Martelli, race director, for creating the Military Challenge!

It's a "Four-Peat" for Miles for MARSOC Community Athlete Van Petty!

Van Petty first joined the Miles for MARSOC Community Athlete program in 2016 at the age of 9 years old, becoming the Foundation's youngest Community Athlete.  Van returned in 2017, 2018 and again this year to raise funds as he competed in numerous races spanning from 5K to 8K in distance, including the Gasparilla and Disney series of races.  Van PR'd in many of those races, created some awesome videos inviting people to support his fundraising efforts, and did it all with that great smile!  Thanks so much for all you do for the Raider community, Van!  You are an awesome young man with a big heart!  Van is pictured with his younger brother Kaleb - moving fast definitely runs in the family!

Matthew Rodriguez Commits to #Run4Raiders in the 2020 Austin Marathon & Raises Over $1700!

Matthew Rodriguez has close ties to the Marine Raider community, understanding firsthand the service and sacrifice that Marine Raiders and their families make every day.  Those family ties compelled him to join the Miles for MARSOC Community Athlete program as he conquered the Austin Marathon this past February.  Each mile had extra meaning as Matthew trained and competed on race day.  Thank you for choosing to #Run4Raiders, Matthew!


The Foundation would like to thank the following Foundations and Corporations for their generous support:

Oakley  **  Oak Grove Technologies  **  Oak Tree Capital Management  ** 
The Montag Group  **  NBCUniversal Comcast  **  PJ Solomon  ** 
New Anthem Beer Project  **  Cancun Mexican Restaurant Sneads Ferry  **  Ravenox  **   KBar Soap Co  **  Operation Hat Trick  **  Rancho Santa Fe Foundation  **  Trener International  **  HG&A Inc Premium Firearms  **  Mission2Alpha  **  Rudy's BBQ  ** RQ Construction  **  DPR Construction

The Marine Raider Foundation thanks our sustaining donors who donate monthly to support the Foundation and its mission - we appreciate your belief in what we do!

Craig **  Sharon **  Paul T. **  Paul J. **  Derek H. **  T.J. **  Winston **  Melissa **  Austin **  Alex **  Mitchell **  William L. **  Robert **  Nelson **  Kyle **  Grant **  William C. **  Nicole **  Chris **  Denny **  Sarah G. **  Christopher Y. **  Thomas **  Joshua **  Christopher R. **  Charlie **  J.D. **  Tsun Zee **  Jessica **  Martin **  Kei **  Gail **  Jennifer **  Christopher B. **  Janet **  Dan **  Derek S. **  Jaqueline **  Raymond **  Jorge **  Amanda **  Michelle **  Cynthia **  Sarah M. **  Michael **  Peter **  Adam **  Joseph **  Jeffrey **  David B. **  Janine **  Martin **  Cecelia **  Elezier **  Steve **  Benjamin **  Sheila **  Jon **  Steven

If you would like to join our recurring donor family, please visit

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