Miles for Mills | Why do you run? | A TMF Volunteer’s Story

One of the Travis Mills Foundation Team’s favorite aspects of the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K is the stories of runners, walkers and handcyclists about why they run this particular race.

For many, its personal.

Pittston, ME, resident and TMF volunteer, Larry Chadwick runs the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K to honor U.S. Army SSG (Ret.) Travis Mills and the sacrifices he made for our great country.

“After meeting him and discovering what a passion for life he has and wanting to give back to people like himself – it was an easy decision to run and do the Miles for Mills race,” Larry said.

Since the first race in honor of Travis, Larry has taken part of the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K.

“It’s a chance to recognize real American heroes and spend time with people who are very special to me – family, friends, and soldiers.”

After running his first Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K back in 2012, Larry knew he wanted to help in some way once the Travis Mills Foundation was founded in September 2014 by Travis and his wife, Kelsey.

“Travis’ story has certainly inspired me to volunteer at the Travis Mills Foundation, donate some money, participate in some events, and get a better understanding of people and how they deal with such loss of their physical abilities and how they overcome it,” Larry said. “It’s amazing to meet, work with, and be around those amazing people.”

Larry encourages all those who have the abilities to volunteer with TMF and participate in the Miles for Mills Memorial Day Weekend 5K, to do so.

The 12th annual Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K, presented by New Balance Foundation, will be held Sunday, May 28 at Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Registration is $30 per person and registrants receive a free t-shirt if signed up by April 1 5 (while supplies last). Registration is $35 after April 15.

About the Travis Mills Foundation

The Travis Mills Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports post-911 veterans who experienced life changing injuries while in service to our country. The Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat offers our nation’s recalibrated veterans and their families a week-long, barrier free, all-expenses-paid experience at its world-class retreat in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. It offers various programs that help these brave men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Foundation also offers the Warrior PATHH Program (Progressive & Alternative Training for Helping Heroes) for combat veterans and first responders, the nation’s first of its kind program designed to cultivate and facilitate post-traumatic growth.  Learn more >>>