"Our troops work so hard defending our freedom and this is just a small way for us thank them and support them in their annual testing," said Rob Powers, founder of The Warrior Tours, and co-host of America's Races Salutes the Troops. "We are blowing out these semi-annual tests, which are generally done with little fanfare, into full scale world class race events."
Over 30 of the top running events in the United States have teamed up with The Warrior Tours and have donated race shirts, medals and other race supplies to be distributed at the events. At each stop the troops will be treated to a world class running event with evening entertainment by 2009 Armed Forces Entertainers of the year Catchpenny, professional announcing, and digital tag timing.
NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, of Belleville, Illinois, was a flight engineer on Expedition 18 and spent 128 days on the International Space Station before returning to Earth earlier this year. Her father was an Army veteran and she has several cousins who have served over seas with the National Guard.
Shorter, whose father was an Army doctor, was born on a U.S. Army base in Germany. In 1972, Shorter returned to his birth country and won the gold medal in the marathon event at the Munich Olympic Games.
Rounding out the special guests on the tour are Yasso and Anne Bonney. Yasso is the Chief Running Officer at Runner's World Magazine and author of My Life on the Run. Bonney is UnderArmour's (www.underarmour.com) Senior Manager of RUN.
Races participating in the America's Races Salute the Troops include The Marine Corps Marathon, 500 Festival Indianapolis Mini Marathon, Bass Pro Shops Fitness Festival, 131 Atlanta, 131 Chicago, 131 Ft. Lauderdale, 131 Miami, Anchorage Running Club's Big Wildlife Runs, Chicago Half Marathon, Cleveland Marathon, Denver Marathon, Fargo Marathon, ING Georgia Marathon, ING Miami Marathon, Marin County Marathon, MSBlues Marathon, D.C. National Marathon, Omaha Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, Portland Marathon, Steamboat Springs Marathon, Melbourne Beaches Marathon, The San Francisco Marathon, Twin Cities Marathon, Vermont City Marathon, Wine Country Half Marathons, The Baltimore Running Festival, The Frederick Running Festival, The Lehigh Valley Half Marathon, and Rock'n'Roll Marathons.
During the tour images, videos, and updates will be posted on The Warrior Tours website and through its Facebook page and Twitter account.
The Warrior Tours, a pending 501(C)(3) nonprofit, connects the men and women of the US Armed Forces with the American people through physical fitness by teaming up stateside events with The Warrior Tours events at US military bases worldwide. While supporting the troops in their fitness programs The Warrior Tours connects US service men and women with their friends and families through video, text, and images that are posted on The Warrior Tours website and broadcast at domestic sporting events. More information at http://www.thewarriortours.com