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October 9, 2002
The Hood-To-Coast Relay is the most prestigious relay race in all of North America. Teams from all across the nation and around the world attend the annual event. A team consists of 12 members, but not in the case of paintball pundit Bob “Sarge” Shano.
For years, it had been Sarge’s personal
goal to run the entire 195-mile
Sarge, who was compelled to rejoin the Army after the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, has been assigned to Force Protection for Vancouver Barracks in Washington. When off-duty, the 51-year old Staff Sergeant was either training rigorously for his upcoming run or going door-to-door soliciting local business owners, asking them to pledge $5 for every 20 miles of the course he completed. But complete it, he didn’t. He only made it 148 miles. Countless blisters, swollen muscles, aching joints, and the loss of a couple of toenails had finally done him in. Blazing daytime temperatures and the lack of sleep didn’t help matters either. None-the-less, he did succeed in raising $1,260 in pledges and cash contributions for the shelter. And for Sarge, that helped to make the whole experience worthwhile.
UPDATE: Despite a myriad of lingering
aches and pains, and just a few weeks after completing his monumental run,
Sarge competed in the Portland 2002 Race For The Cure as part of his Army
Reserve unit’s official running team, completing the 3 mile long course
in less than 20 minutes. So, the next time someone tries to tell
you that paintball promotes violence because it desensitizes a person,
tell them all about this story and show them just how wrong they are.
Let them know that our hearts are in the right place.
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