(PRWEB) June 29, 2015
Team Completed the Race in Six Days, 13 Hours, and 49 Minutes and Raised More Than $640,000 For Troops Combating Traumatic Brain Injuries And Psychological Health Conditions
New York, NY (June 27, 2015) –Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of four elite amateur athletes, today won the four-person mixed-gender division of the 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes crossed the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland in just six days, 13 hours, and 49 minutes. The race started in Oceanside, California on June 20. With the support of individual donors and sponsors including UFC and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes raised more than $640,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Each dollar raised will be used to build Intrepid Spirit Centers, diagnostic and treatment centers that help military heroes suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions.
Members of Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes are Winston Fisher, Partner with the Fisher Brothers real estate firm in New York; Evan “Chip” Marks, Co-Founder of Sungate Asset Management LLC; Brian Collins, Head of Development for Fisher Brothers; and Jessica Lynn Marino, an equity sales trader for Instinet. The team’s manager is Jimmy Riccitello, Global Head Referee for Ironman and XTERRA World Champion. Last year, Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes won the eight-person division of the Race Across America; Fisher, Marks, Collins, and Riccitello were a part of that team.
“All four of us are completely exhausted and in a lot of pain, but we are thrilled to have completed the race and been able to raise awareness and funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,” said Winston Fisher. “Nothing we are experiencing now comes close to what the men and women of the Armed Forces have been through, so we are grateful to have a chance to give back to our military heroes who are suffering from traumatic brain injury and other psychological health conditions.”
“This team has achieved so much, both in the physical accomplishment of winning a cross-country race, but also with their tireless fund raising efforts that will help so many service members get the critical care they need,” said David Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Intrepid Spirit Centers are being funded and built by the IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. The centers are being built exclusively through private donations, and each facility is gifted to the United States Department of Defense for operation and management upon completion. All centers will be located on military bases around the country.
Intrepid Spirit Centers have opened and are operational at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with centers currently under construction at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas. Four additional Intrepid Spirit Centers will be built, each of which will be 25,000 square feet and cost approximately $11 million to complete and equip with the latest in brain technology and devices.
About the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. In 2010 the Fund opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions. In 2013 the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine “Intrepid Spirit” centers at major military bases around the country. These centers will serve as satellites to the central NICoE facility and extend that care to more service members and veterans suffering TBI, PH conditions and related afflictions. Three Intrepid Spirit centers are already open and two more are under construction.