Why I Run: Bill’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.

Bill’s Story

Long Pond, Maine, and Epsom, New Hampshire resident Bill Morris and his wife began volunteering with TMF in 2018, the same year he completed his first Miles for Mills 5K.

“TMF is by far the most rewarding volunteer experience I have done,” Bill said. While Bill is not a veteran himself, his dad served during WWII, his father-in-law served during the Korean War, and his best man served in the Vietnam War. This drew him to volunteer and participate in events, like the Miles for Mills 5K, to be able to give back to veterans and their families.

“I do it to honor all veterans,” Bill said. “Being a volunteer for TMF, I can choose to volunteer [for the event] or I can choose to run it. I chose to run it because I like to run, but it also gives me the opportunity to fundraise, so I am able to raise funds for the foundation.”

Based on Bill’s prior experience with running the race, he highly recommends that others choose this race to run in 2023, if it’s the only race they run the rest of the year.

“You don’t have to be a runner. There are a lot of people that walk with their families and there’s runners that take it a little more seriously,” Bill said. “It’s just a really fun event.”

Currently, our top fundraiser, Bill, will receive a TMF gift basket if he raises the most funds for the event.

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About the Travis Mills Foundation

The Travis Mills Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports post 9/11 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 post-911 combat veterans and first responders, the nation’s first of its kind program designed to cultivate and facilitate Post-Traumatic Growth. Learn more >>>