December 5 marked our 12th marathon and the completion of our goal to run one marathon every month in 2021 to raise awareness to our older veterans’ needs.

Running for Heroes chose to run a race in Washington D.C. that supported the EOD Warrior Foundation (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation — EODWF). This foundation serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veterans wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, and families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors.

The course started at the Key Bridge in Georgetown and went along the C&O Canal. The weather was beautiful; cool but not frigid. A lot warmer than it was when we started last January. The tow path was flat but rocky and the first half went as expected with a consistent pace.

The second half drained us like the previous Bucks County marathon three weeks prior.

Thankfully, we had the additional motivation that it was our last marathon of the year and that knowledge helped push us to maintain as brisk as a pace as we could until we were done.

It was a great feeling to have completed what we set out to do. It has been a wonderful experience and we raised over $10,000 for the Veteran’s Village with each stride.

Running for Heroes will continue into 2022. We will set new goals and do more community inclusive events for those who wish to participate with a few shorter runs and at least two marathons.

Thank you everyone who donated and supported us along the way. Your support has inspired us to keep moving and never quit!