Whenever I hear of a 10 miler I always think of the Army 10 miler that is held here in the DC area in the fall. If you have ever ran or attended the Army 10 miler or the Marine Core Marathon in the DC area then you are well aware of the strong sense of patriotism during the race. When you arrive at the race your in awe of the sea of people dressed in their military fatigues and your heart swells up as tears come to your eyes when you hear the cannon go off signaling that its time to start running. When Scott suggested that we encourage our adopted soldier hero Brett with an "Army 10 smiler" I asked him what he meant. Scott wanted to go into Wegmans and find 10 special treats that we can mail off to our friend that would encourage him and make him smile as he finishes out his race while he is being deployed. He has a few more weeks until he is home and reunited with his family. Scott wanted to help him push through the last few weeks by encouraging him with an Army 10 Smiler package. I know when your running a race those last few miles are the toughest.
I had a few people ask me about "adopting a soldier" who is deployed to encourage them. If you are interested in adopting someone for a few months feel free to email me at jessica.a.west (at) gmail.com and I can get you connected to someone. Its really inexpensive to send out care packages and I know the soldier and their family appreciates that someone is encouraging them. Also if you know of a soldier who could use some encouragement email me their information and I can try to get them connected to someone.