Civilian Military Combine’s Race for Tomorrow to Honor the Fallen of 9/11

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Racers will take on the ultimate physical challenge while remembering the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“There’s hardly a person alive who wasn’t personally touched by the events of 9/11,” said race co-founder Matt Keller.

The Civilian Military Combine’s inaugural Race for Tomorrow will be held at the Camelback Mountain Resort on September 10, 2011.

The name “Race for Tomorrow” is a reference to 9/11 and the design and timing of the race are geared to honoring the memory of those who lost their lives that day. The race will also honor the heroic first responders and the members of the military who are fighting for the freedoms that were attacked on September 11, 2001.

While this is a professional racing event with a total purse of $10,000, many of the participants will be raising money for 9/11 and military-related causes. The charities supported by the athletes include Livestrong, the Fire Department of New York Burn Center, the Semper Fi Fund, Operation Homefront, Wounded Wear, the Boomer Esiason Foundation and the Detectives Endowment Association.

“There’s hardly a person alive who wasn’t personally touched by the events of 9/11,” said race co-founder Matt Keller. “We chose the eve of the tenth anniversary for the race as a way to remember the fallen and honor the heroes that emerged from that very dark day.”

The race will begin at 10 AM on the 10th and will take place at the Camelback Mountain Resort, 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville, PA.

The Race for Tomorrow presents a unique challenge to the competitors. In an effort to reproduce the physical skills required of our military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, the race has three key components: strength, endurance and agility.

The race will cover seven miles and the participants will face a strategically placed massive military obstacle at each milepost. Along with the racing element, participants will endure the “PIT,” a series of strength tests including barbell thrusts, Burpee, box jumps and the kettlebell swing.

“The PIT is designed to be the great equalizer by leveling the playing field between power athletes and endurance runners to determine the best overall conditioned athlete,” said co-founder Sean Rogers.

The publication Metro held a contest in which they are paying the entry fee for three competitors (out of over 100 entries).

Among the Metro competitors will be Sean Smith, who was working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on 9/11 and lost 17 friends and family members on that day.

“I’ll be fundraising for the Semper Fi Fund, in honor of my father, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund,” Smith told Metro. “I run in honor of the more than 17 people I knew that died on 9/11, and my father, a Marine, who died of cancer when I was a senior in high school.”

Another Metro competitor who will be raising money for charity is Esther Carpenter, who works for the New York City Parks Department. She will be supporting the FDNY Burn Center.

“This particular charity is so important to me and my family because my brother, Joseph Carpenter, is a FDNY firefighter in Brooklyn,” she said in an interview with Metro. “I hope my CMC effort will in some way honor the 9/11 victims and their families, and reflect the respect I have for the 9/11 rescue and support teams.”

The overall structure of the race was created and refined by some of the leading members of the fitness community including strength and conditioning coaches from the CrossFit community, the United States Armed Forces and USA Triathlon Organization Race Directors.

Registration and race-day pick-up are available at the Camelback Mountain Resort beginning on Friday, September 9 between 10 AM and 6 PM and on Saturday morning, September 10 from 7 AM to 9 AM. No registrations will be accepted after 9 AM on the 10th.

About the Civilian Military Combine    
The Civilian Military Combine was founded by Mitchell Keller and Sean Rogers for the purpose of creating a new competition involving strength, endurance and agility. The competitions, which will be held across America, are meant to mirror many of the rigors endured by America’s fighting forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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