Team Hope For The Warriors® at MCCS Cherry Point Half 
Team Hope For The Warriors® Members,
honor of Memorial Day, for the entire
month of May, Hope For The Warriors® invites you to participate in the Virtual Run For
The Warriors® to honor and remember our service members. The Virtual Run
For The Warriors® raises both funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors®
and the needs of our military families. It can be completed at any location,
pace, distance, with a group or as an individual, and is a great way to inspire
one of your training runs.
at You can create
your own team or participate as an individual. Once you register you will
receive a race packet with a Run For The Warriors® T-shirt, dog tag, and a
customizable bib to show people who you are running to honor.
captain of the team that raises the most funds by May 31, with a minimum of
$500 raised, will win his or her choice of 2015 Marine Corps Marathon bib, 2015
Marine Corps Marathon 10K bib, or 2015 Army Ten-Miler bib.
2015 Team Races:
Hope For The Warriors® registration is rolling for many popular fall events!
Our bibs for the Marine Corps Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Army
Ten-Miler, and TCS NYC Marathon are going fast. If you, or anyone you know is
interested in competing in these events on Team Hope For The Warriors® register
quickly as we have limited bibs for each race.
Below are the
confirmed dates and races for 2015
May 17, 2015 – Marine Corps Historic Half*
October 11, 2015 – Army Ten Miler*
October 25, 2015 – Marine Corps Marathon 10K
October 25, 2015 – Marine Corps Marathon*
November 1, 2015 – TCS NYC Marathon
*Handcycle friendly race
Fundraising Tip:
Tag “Hope For The
Warriors” in your Facebook posts and @Hope4Warriors in your tweets about your
fundraising or running. This enables your supporters to learn about Hope For
The Warriors®, understand the work the organization conducts, and connects them
to our social media pages. Connecting your supporters to Hope For The Warriors®,
not only increases awareness of the organization, but it is also a way for your
supporters to see the work that Hope For The Warriors® is doing.
Training Tip: Goals
Without real tangible goals training, especially for endurance events,
can become monotonous or feel purposeless. Goals help you stay motivated and
provide direction and focus for training. Whether you have been competing for years,
have found a new passion for endurance sports, have a goal of winning events,
or want to improve your health, having a goal is important. New York Yankee
great, Yogi Berra, states it best, “If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”
How to set goals:
A great tool to use in the process of setting goals is a SMART goal. These
goals help you focus on what you want to accomplish and make you think about
how you will achieve the goal.
          SMART goals are:
Specific: Outline what you
truly want to do.
Measurable: Include markers to
track your progress.
Attainable: Challenge yourself
yet be realistic in your expectations.
Relevant: Make sure it is
something you are dedicated to.
Time-bound: Set a time in which
you want to accomplish the goal.  
Try to set a couple of athletic goals this spring to motivate yourself
in your training. Also, remember you have the support of the entire Team Hope
For The Warriors® beside you cheering you on as you achieve all of your goals!   
Team Member Corner:
Team Hope For The Warriors® member, Nick Iacono, became hooked on distance
running after a friend encouraged him to train and run in the Staten Island
Half in October 2014. This March, Nick ran in 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon with
the Team. He raised around $5,000 in honor of fallen service member, Staff
Sergeant Michael Ollis, who sacrificed his own life to save a Polish service
member from a suicide attack. Inspired by Michael’s heroic life, Nick alone was
able to fundraise five times the required amount and went above and beyond to
help Hope For The Warriors® in their mission of restoring self, family, and
hope for all military families. Nick plans to do more distance races both in New
York and Washington, D.C. In late April, look for a story on Hope For The
Warriors® blog about Nick and his participation in the 2015 NYC Marathon.
Program Information:
Team Gear:
There are new items coming soon to the online store, including a
sleeveless Team jersey! As a member of our Team, you can save 10% on all online
store items. As you train, be sure to proudly wear the Hope For The Warriors®
logo so that people know the reason for your hard work. Visit and use the discount
code TEAMH4W.
Charity Navigator:
the fourth year in a row, Hope For The Warriors® has received a four-star
rating on Charity Navigator. This exceptional rating, achieved by only 8% of
the nonprofits they evaluate, highlights Hope For The Warriors® financial
responsibility to the service members, military families, and families of the
fallen we support. Team members can continue to ask people to donate towards
fundraising goals with confidence! We invite you to view their latest evaluation of
our efforts on the Charity Navigator website.
A Warrior’s Wish®:
year, Hope For The Warriors® will grant 11 wishes to support service members,
veterans, and military families. The nature of these Wishes will vary in scope
from business, fitness, financial, and outdoor-related. The enrichment process
will continue long after the Wish is granted to promote stability within the
lives of these heroes and their families. As the Wishes are granted we will
share the stories in the upcoming newsletters. Learn more about A Warriors Wish®
Jack Rabbit
news for all of our Team Members in the New York City area. Team Hope For The
Warriors® has partnered up with Jack Rabbit for GROUP RUNS! These runs will
take place at one of Jack Rabbit’s locations (Union Square, Upper West, Upper
East, or Brooklyn). In addition, Jack Rabbit is offering the Team clinics, such
as nutrition and gear. For more information please contact Steve Barto at
Rock ‘n’ Roll Series:
The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series has teamed up with everydayhero
as their official fundraising platform. You can now run in any Rock ‘n’ Roll
event and raise funds for Hope For The Warriors! Beginning March 1st,
every race participant will be asked if they want to fundraise on behalf of
their favorite cause during the race registration process. When you
register and are asked to choose your charity, pick Hope For The Warriors® and
you will automatically be given a Rock ‘n’ Roll everydayhero fundraising page!
USA Track & Field
Hope For The Warriors® is now a USATF Organization and if you are also
a USATF member you can now run for Hope For The Warriors® as an organization!
Furthermore, you can compete in the USATF championships. For more information
please contact Steve Barto at
Run For The Warriors®:
Registration is now open
for the following Run For The Warriors® events:
  • 10th
    Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors® Register
  • Inaugural
    Memorial Day Run For The Warriors® Register 
  • 6th
    Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors® Register
  • 4th
    Annual New Bern Run For The Warriors® Register

For the complete list of
races visit,
check back frequently for more registration pages coming soon.
Representing the Team:
Be sure to shoot us an email with your race schedule and where you
will be wearing your Team jersey. Each time you wear your jersey, you help our
mission to restore self, family, and hope. Feel free to share photos and
special stories too!
Important Links For Social Media:

Twitter When
you tweet be sure to use #TeamH4W