Run, Ride… Fight Gone Right! Sounds a lot like the latest action adventure and to some degree it is just that.
Every year Methodist University sports management class selects, plans, prepares and executes an event of their choice that supports a local charity and on Saturday at the Community Fire Department, in Wade, N.C., they choose to support the Wounded Warriors Project with the Run, Ride… Fight Gone Right! event.
“The great thing is seeing all of local support from the community,” said Chris Uggiano, wounded warrior, regional coordinator for physical health and wellness. “It shows that people really care about what wounded warrior Soldiers are going through.”
“It’s nice to bring the Soldier back from their military lifestyle and reintegrate them into the community. When they can do that, it makes it a smooth transition that makes everybody’s job much easier,” Uggiano said.
This year’s event had something for everyone, including cycling, long distance running and cross fit events.
The event featured three activities, which included biking distances of 18, 36 and 54-mile increments, running distances of a mile; five and ten mile distances and finally a cross fit station challenge.
Wounded warriors participants showed their mettle by not only competing, but also showed that completing the competition was just as important to them.
“A lot of wounded veterans like myself when you get hurt you go to a doctor and when you get there all they are telling you is that you can’t do this or don’t do this anymore,” said Staff Sergeant Christopher Milo, of the Infantry 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. “Being in the military we aren’t bred that way. We are bred to want to do our best to prove that we belong in that elite group.”
“I want other wounded veterans to know it doesn’t mean you can’t compete on the same level as anyone else,” Milo said. “Even if you aren’t competing, you can do it for completion, which is really why I’m doing as much as I’m doing today.”
By the end of the event friends, fans and Family members cheered on participants.
“I want the wounded warriors to get more recognition,” said Christopher’s wife, Sarah Milo. “It means a lot for me to be out here to see him (Christopher) do what he loves and I just want to support him in all that he does,” she said.