Athletes and Veterans Join Forces for Third Annual Big Fish Foundation Fundraiser

Photo credit: Big Fish Foundation

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Five veterans are about to spend a lot of time with five athletes. Representatives from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will team up with fitness leaders like Dan Bailey, Brista Mayfield and Kari Pearce for 30 consecutive hours of work .

The 2022 iteration of the Big Fish Foundation fundraiser will take place May 13-15 at the Crooked Butterfly Ranch in Colorado. The physical portion of the event will begin on Saturday, May 14 and end at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

  • The 30-hour event will be split into two 12-hour segments comprising three stages of activities. Partners will participate in basic orienteering, shooting, a trail course and a variety of training.
  • The partners will separate at the end of the first 12-hour segment. They will restart the events while facing a few unannounced “surprises” from the event organizers.

Rogue Fitness, O2 Recovery, Ice Age Meals, and Trueform Running will be the main sponsors of the third annual fundraiser, and they will provide prizes for the raffle. Good Dudes Coffee and Concept2 will also offer their own prizes.

To be involved: The Big Fish Foundation’s third annual fundraiser will feature a limited number of participants, but others can get involved and show their support. They can donate at the foundation until May 15. Those who donate more than $100 will be eligible for a raffle with prizes from top sponsors and exclusive events.

Why it matters: The veteran suicide rate among 18-34 year olds is up 86% since 2006, and more than 114,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2001. The Big Fish Foundation’s mission is to support veterans through l education and training in the campaign against suicide, as well as opportunities for connection and physical activity.

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