Raise your hand if you have ever wanted to run a marathon? Large group of you I am sure.
How about a double marathon? Smaller group, but I know of a lot of you who race 50 and 100 milers.
Keep your hand up if you want to run a double marathon at the end of a three day race featuring 6.2 miles of swimming, 261 miles of biking, and 52.4 miles of running? Not too many of you left, less than 500 people in the world have completed such a race.
Now add a large 20 lb. American flag to the run portion to honor your fellow Marines by raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The only person left raising his hand to do that adventrure? Meet Robert Hillery. Ironman, Ultraman, Marine, American Hero.
These are the photos of Robert during the run portion of the course to demonstrate the courage and conditions:
Start of Day One
Few miles into the Run
About the 10K mark of the run
Through the first Marathon
Burst of Emotion at the Finish Line!
Getting Hugs from his crew while mother Mary Ann looks on
Speaking to the crowd after the Race at the Awards Dinner
Team Pain Junkies
I am left in shock and wonder at the spirit, courage and determination of Robert and all of the Ultraman Participants.