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Run Ranger Run now in full swing

Month-long run highlights veteran issues

About 30 individuals turned out at Inveniam Athletics to kick off the Run Ranger Run event. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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On the back of Marcus Domingue's shirt appeared the sentence, "I shall either find a way or make one."

The sentence suits him in that the Latin word "inveniam" means to find a way, and it happens to be the name of his business, Inveniam Athletics.

"I have a soft spot for veterans, and I want to help them," the former Marine and Special Forces soldier said.  "I volunteered my business and built today's workout of the day, or WOD, to kick off the Run Ranger Run."

The run began with Cory Smith.

In 2013, the twice-deployed 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran highlighted the difficult journey home many soldiers face by making a challenging, public and personal transition.

He ran home.

From Columbus, Georgia to Indianapolis, Indiana, the veteran ran the 565 miles separating the two cities.  He made the run in 28 days, and he accomplished it by holding his daughter in his arms.

Along the way home, people offered encouragement by saying "Run Ranger Run."

"This kick-off event is a call to action," wrote Candyss Bryant, a spokeswoman for GallantFew, an organization built to help reconnect veterans to society.  

"The entire month of February is a call to action, the action of helping and caring for veterans."

About 30 veterans, friends and spouses initiated this year's Run Ranger Run by taking part in a workout of push-ups, burpees, a wall ball toss and either a 1,600-meter run or row.

"I think this is wonderful," a winded Amy Tiemeyer, president of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, said.  

Participants will work in teams of up to 10 individuals who pledge to walk, run, swim and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles during the 28 days of February.

The run's purpose is to raise awareness and money to combat the under-employment, homelessness and suicide rate among some veterans.

All proceeds raised go to the GallantFew, a national, nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping new veterans by connecting them with hometown veteran mentors.

"We are here to help any and all veterans from all branches of service," commented Ron O'Ferrall, a former Ranger and the president of the Seattle/Tacoma Chapter of the Darby Project.

The project is one of the several outreach programs coordinated by the GallantFew, and it is named in honor of Brig. Gen. William Darby, the organizer of the 1st Ranger Battalion during World War II.

For information about Run Ranger Run, visit, email Inveniam Athletics at marcus@inveniamathletics or call 253.370.8605.

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