Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
This post about why you should do a 5k for a cause is sponsored by Women Online and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K, delivered by CSX All opinions are my own.
Interested in better health, supporting a good cause, and getting outside? Doing a 5k is right up your alley. And just because you don't live in a major metropolitan area, doesn't mean you can't join the fun! The Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K offers a virtual 5K to get you involved no matter where you live.
What is the Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K?
Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K is a project to honor and empower wounded warriors. It offers a tangible way to support wounded warriors and their families.
Sometimes we need to stand up for those who have fought for us. How? By supporting the programs they need to live life to the fullest on their own terms.
Over the years, I have had several friends and family members over the years serve our country by joining the military.
I remember as a kid, watching my dad get ready in the morning in his Navy dress uniform. I was fascinated by the shiny shoes and the cool hat.
The mission behind the uniform was more than my little self could understand. However, as an adult, I look back and realize the importance of his service.
And as an adult, I can better appreciate the weight every service member carries with them. Both during their service as well as afterwards. As a thank you for their service, the least I can do is raise awareness for the services they need after they return home.
How hard is it to do a 5K?
Let me tell you, the last couple of years have been challenging to my workout routine. I have gone from hiking and martial arts a few years ago to swimming and walking as I battle ongoing knee problems.
But, there are all sorts of ways to complete a 5K. Walk, run, bicycle it with your kids. Just commit to doing it and get moving.
Get your kids off the couch. Teach them about supporting a good cause. Talk to them about a friend or family member's military service.
Just head over to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward and register! Don't forget the Promo Code! Use ICARRY5 and get $5 off registration promo code for the Jacksonville, and Virtual events!
What makes the Carry Forward 5K unique?
The Carry Forward 5K is unique! Why? Because participants choose to complete the 5K in one of three symbolic ways. You can:
- Carry a flag to show support and patriotism.
- Carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans carry while serving our country.
- OR Carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need.
Military personnel carry a lot of weight on their shoulders. Both ACTUAL weight as well as emotional and psychological weight. The I Carry For campaign puts the symbolism of “carrying for” a wounded warrior, veteran, and active duty military member front and center!
Get Involved in a Good Cause
The needs of wounded veterans are great and growing. According to a Harvard study, the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including veteran care, are estimated at $4 trillion to $6 trillion.
And the war isn’t just affecting veterans. Family members work to adjust to a new normal when they give up paid employment to become caregivers, affecting their quality of life
In FY 2018,Wounded Warrior Project invested over$197million in life saving programs and services for warriors, family members, and caregivers
It is mind boggling to think of the number of services that military personal need after they come home.
Help me put the WWP mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors in motion. Learn more about Wounded Warrior Project and Carry Forward and do a 5K for a cause!
More Causes to Get Involved In
Want more ways to get involved in community causes? Check out a few of these posts
- Easy Thanksgiving Service Project for Kids. Get your kids involved in service activities this fall.
- Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community. Want to know how to teach kids to give back to the community? Help them get involved in a new service projects and then volunteer WITH them!
- Join a River Cleanup Day. Here are a few tips that we learned this weekend as we ventured out on our Yellow River Trash Bash!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.