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Man On A Running Mision To Thank Vets

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 6, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 5:51 AM UTC
Albie Masland is running from L.A. to Washington, D.C. Photo: NBC

He had never run a marathon before he started his journey.

Even though Albie Masland, a Pennsylvania native, had never run a marathon or a 5K, he still felt the urge to get out and run across the country–Forest Gump-style.

Masland’s vision came to fruition after he grew disillusioned with law school.

The 28-year-old teamed with apparel maker Bullets2Bandages and started Operation Amerithon,which is a 2,900-mile run across the country to raise money to thank America’s veterans.

Together,they have raised $28,500 for the Travis Manion Foundation, which helps veterans and the families of fallen service members.

“I found myself thinking about the news of the time,” he said concerning the return of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. “I started thinking [about] the transition from combat to civilian life.”

Though he didn’t serve in the military, Masland wanted to “channel all this energy spent running, to have a positive impact for others.”

His journey began in California on March 17. It’s slated to end in Washington, D.C. on August 18.

“I have a lot of respect for the people that serve and are courageous in battle. I can’t imagine,” he said.

For More: NBC News

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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