Nonprofit Organizes Run in Vegas to Raise Funds for US Soldiers in Financial Crisis

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A 5K run in Las Vegas will benefit soldiers and their families battling financial struggles at home. Former soldier Randy Couture's nonprofit Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, and Fighters.com are part of the race on Saturday May 15, 2008.

Xtreme Couture 5K Freedom Run. May 18, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada

I am a big fan of physical fitness. Also, the money from this race goes to help American troops who have suffered massive losses. - Fighters.com President and CEO Jeremy Schoemaker

For soldiers fighting in Iraq there is more than one battle to fight. According to recent reports, soldiers are in financial need at home as they fall behind in house payments and return with expensive medical issues. A former soldier and the owner of Fighters.com are responding.

Fighters.com is sponsoring The Xtreme Couture Operation Freedom 5k Run. The race is part of the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation's effort to raise money for troops who are in financial trouble as they fight in Iraq. The Xtreme Couture Operation Freedom 5k Run will be on Saturday, May 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"This really hits a number of things with me and we are proud to be the premier title sponsor for this event," said Fighters.com President and CEO Jeremy Schoemaker. "I am a big fan of physical fitness. Also, the money from this race goes to help American troops who have suffered massive losses."

The race was organized by the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, which was founded by Randy Couture, current UFC Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed "Captain America," Couture is a former soldier who served in the U.S. Army for six years. He later competed as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 1988, 1992, 1996. Couture is ranked second on Fighters.com as "The Natural" (16-8).

Fight fans and military supporters to show their support by running with Couture. Schoemaker and the Fighters.com promo girls will be there to greet runners when it starts. They will be at the Centennial Hills YMCA in Las Vegas. The race begins at 8:00 AM, with registration beginning at 6:00 AM.

Registration cost is $45 before May 12 and $60 thereafter. To register online go to:
http://www.xtremecouturegifoundation.org/OperationSignUp.asp

In March 2007, the 44-year old physical phenom returned from retirement to recapture the UFC heavyweight title in a five-round unanimous decision over fourth-ranked "Maine-iac" Tim Sylvia (24-4). In October 2007, Couture sent his "resignation" to the UFC, but is still considered co-champion by the promotion.

About Fighters.com
Fighters.com was founded by online marketer Jeremy Schoemaker to showcase UFC fights and personalities. Shoemaker owns several online companies and writes on the popular blog Shoemoney.com. Fighters.com premiered online April 1, 2008 and is the fastest growing online MMA community. Read more about Couture at http://www.fighters.com/fighter/Randy_The_Natural_Couture.html.

About Xtreme Couture GI Foundation
Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, was founded by former solider Randy Couture and his wife Kim. The foundation was formed to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families.

The Foundation receives referrals from the Military Severely Injured Center for soldiers and families who are experiencing financial crises. The Foundation assists soldiers with house payments, bills, and helping discharged soldiers start their lives back home.

For more information, contact Alexa Wakefield at alexa(at)xtremecouture.tv or visit the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation's web site at http://www.xtremecouturegifoundation.org.

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