Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jared Rose: Purple Hearts To Ironman

When an athlete or team wins a championship, we are quick to start asking is he, is she, or are they the best ever? When we see a nice human interest story on the news about a disabled youth or adult achieving some form of athletic success we call them heroic or inspirational. At times we may forget those individuals who truly are great, inspirational, and heroic. We may forget people like Jared Rose. He is a retired marine veteran who received two purple hearts after being injured during a tour in Afghanistan. Jared is one of the best individuals on the greatest group of arm personel. He is an inspiring heroic person who served this country to the best of his ability and was willing to put his life on the line to defend our freedoms while looking out for his fellow marines. Sports fans, especially football fans, are quick to use terms like soldiering on, down in the trenches, or going into battle. Jared has truly lived those terms. Now, he is taking on a challenge of a different kind. Jared is pushing his body and mind to its limits in a different way as he will race the Ironman Triathlon in New York City this coming August. Jared will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles on behalf of Team Continuum. His goal is to raise $5,000 for the organization. He is nearing his goal, but he will not reach it without our help. Jared has given this country so much through his service in the arm forces. Now it is time for me and you to give back to him. It is time for us to highlight his achievement the way we highlight championship athletes or human interest news stories. After all, Jared Rose is truly an inspiring and heroic person.

To learn more about Jared and his efforts for Team Continuum, please visit the following site:

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