Dear Commander Oxford,
Thank you for coming up with such a creative way to bring our veterans and people together to promote physical fitness and to help the Veterans & Children Foundation. The Manteno Legion post fielded a local team (Post 755 Warrior Squad), complete with an authentic finish line and engraved completion plaques for our team members, which culminated on a final mile walk together beginning at the Legion. We proudly carried the U.S. flag and the American Legion flag as our squad left the Legion beer garden and walked the last mile in downtown Manteno amid fanfare and back to the Legion, where an authentic finish line was awaiting us (curtesy of Dave Bolke from Kankakee River Running Club), a recorded video of the finish, and finisher plaques awaiting all squad members. We had some members with some creative ways to get out and move: Army veteran Eugene Mark, who averaged over 25 miles a day on his bike; Army veteran and Legion member Rich VanPelt, who finished with over 150 miles walking; Kyle Rybolt, a weightlifter and manager from Riverside Fitness who counted hours lifting weights instead of miles and also rode his bike; Navy veteran and Iroquois County Veteran Benefit Coordinator Jen Ingram, who logged over 200 miles of jogging in one month alone among our Manteno Legion commander and vice commander! The Manteno High School band was even scheduled to play for us that evening, until they were forced to cancel when the school returned to e-learning. Thanks again for bringing our Legion Post 755 together along with the community to promote such a worthy cause! Eagerly awaiting the next one!
Respectfully submitted - Jr. Vice Commander Daniel Gerber
Squad members of Post 755 Warriors Commander Joe Gaca, Jr. Vice Commander, Dan Gerber, Army veteran Rich VanPelt, Army veteran Eugene Mark, Kyle Rybolt, Dan Bullock, Chuck Parsons, Navy veteran Jen Ingram, and Rylan Handley, Dave Bolke - finish line and plaques.