Run as One veteran event to take place April 7

Team Rubicon, Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB), and The Mission Continues are bringing the global Run As One event to Minot on April 7.

Run As One was started in 2012 as an attempt to bring previously hostile tribes in South Sudan together for healthy competition off the battlefield and has since grown into a collaborative global event. It grew even more in the United States after Clay Hunt, a Marine veteran and founding member of Team Rubicon, lost his battle with PTSD and depression.

His fight reminded members of the different groups that “stronger bonds must be forged between different veteran groups and the community,” according to a press release from Team Rubicon.

The run will take place at Minot State University Dome on April 7. The time is to be announced.

The goal of the run is to connect veterans to the community of veterans and show the bond they all share through the national run together. The many groups involved with it all have the goal of helping improve the lives of veterans.

Team Rubicon works to give veterans three things: purpose, community, and identity. According to their site, teamrubiconusa.org, “Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international.”

They accomplish this by taking military veterans and pairing their skills and experiences with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions. Through this, “Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.”

It was started in 2010 after the devistating earthquake in Haiti when a group of two Marines and volunteers went to help despite the dangerous situation. The group of eight volunteers called themselves “Team Rubicon” after the Rubicon River in Rome.

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social connections. With 204 locations around the world, the group works to help veterans in three main ways: through health, through people, and through service. According to their site, teamrwb.org, health means creating frequent opprotunities for members to connect through fitness, sports, and recreation to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. People means creating authentic connections, reflected in an increased number of close relationships and improvements in members’ sense of belonging, purpose, and mental wellbeing. Purpose means engaging members in meaningful team and community-based experiences such as leadership and service that, beyond physical and social activities, renew self-identity and purpose of life.

The third group involved with Minot’s Run As One event is Mission Continues. This group works to empower veterans who are adjusting to life at home, helping them to find purpose through community impact. According to their site, missioncontinues.org, “Our operations in cities nationwide deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities: improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more.”

All three have a heavy focus on community and the embetterment of veteran lives when they’ve returned home. The Run As One walk is focused on creating that community and getting veterans together as one.

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