Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Soldiers to Run ATR for Wounded Comrades

U.S. Army Captain Matt Cavanaugh and U.S. Army Major Mary Kreis will toe 
the line at the ATR 25K on July 4 to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to severely wounded members of the armed services.

The ATR 25K will be the fourth race in an eight-race series for Matt, ranging from the Harrisburg Mile to the TransRockies Run (a 114-mile stage race), to raise awareness and pledges for the Wounded Warrior Project. A Woodbury High School and West Point graduate, Matt finished third in the Tucson Marathon in a time of 2:42:53 and fifth in the Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run in a time of 8:23:52.

Matt has served two tours of duty in Iraq, where he saw several of his comrades suffer devastating wounds. Their struggles to recover inspired Matt to embark on the series of races, covering a total of 250 miles, which are the platform for pledges to meet a goal of raising $50,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Matt and former Phantom jet pilot Tom Cocchiarella, also of Woodbury, have created a website: where people can follow Matt's progress and find a link to make secure donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Major Kreis currently serves in the U.S Army Reserves, where she is a training officer in a Combat Support Hospital.  Mary has competed on the U.S. Armed Forces Pentathlon Team and is captain of Team American Legion, an adventure racing team that has placed fifth in the U.S. Adventure Racing National Championships the last two years."

Captain Matt Cavanaugh 

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