“Got Your Back Network” (GYBN), www.gotyourbacknetwork.org, is the primary charity of the ZOOMA run event in Annapolis, MD. Executives from ZOOMA expect to have 4000 runners participating in the event on Sunday. Among the runners will be several widows of fallen soldiers who will participating in the event. Dr. Vivianne Wersel, a widow from the DC Metro area, will be running on Sunday. She has had help in training for the event through her training “buddy”, Cori Koch, who works for Under Armour in Baltimore, MD.GYBN is reaching out to military organizations, NGOs and defense companies to ask for volunteers to help out with the ZOOMA run event in Annapolis, MD on June 4 and 5th, 2011. On June 4th there is pre-race registration, race packet pickup and marketplace expo at the Sheraton, Annapolis, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. The running event is on Sunday, June 5th with running distances of 1.5 miles, 10 K and a half marathon. The ZOOMA after-party expo will be held at the End Zone of the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium after the runs. Please check the www.zoomarun.com website for more information.
“On Sunday, you can find me somewhere in between the winner of the race and the sag wagon. I won’t be alone though. I’ll be running side-by-side with my mom and many other inspirational women. No matter what, I know that someone has “got my back”. This organization allows us to celebrate the lives of our heroes, which is pivotal to our healing journey. The journey, too, is analogous to the miles we put on the pavement- some easy and others not so much- as we train for and complete the Zooma race. I’ve been training for the half marathon this year with an expectation to have fun! The hard work is behind me (18 miles last Saturday!) and the heat is in front of me. My main goal is to own the Naval Academy Bridge and to embrace the challenges that accompany each mile. I hope to encourage others to keep running, just as they will encourage me. It might not be pretty, but I will finish. This week is a time to celebrate our hard work. I’ll be participating in Zooma’s Girls Night Out and Got Your Back Network’s pre-party. If you see me at either event, then please, let’s celebrate and give a “cheers” to the men and women who serve our great country.”