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Ed Wolf Trans-Peco Ultra Fundraiser

Hi. My name is Ed Wolf. I am a devoted father, husband, and disabled special operations combat veteran. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and to learn how you can help me raise funds for Via Services, a private, independent nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.

After 1,500 plus days deployed cumulatively in combat zones and high threat areas of operation, I have chosen to pursue a new challenge in order to gain greater perspective and clarity in life: training for ultra marathons with aspirations of competing as a professional runner in future years.

I am currently training for the Trans-Peco Ultra, a 163 mile ultra marathon that takes place in October 2018.The race course consists of continuous hills, steep grades, and over 15,000 feet of elevation gain. Additionally, I will be carrying all of my own food and supplies as I race competitors from all around the world. It is my goal to set a new course record and raise awareness and funds for Via.

Via holds a special place in my heart and in my own history. I began working at Via West Campus (then it was known as Camp Costanoan) in 1999 as a volunteer during my sophomore year at Saint Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. After completing my service hours, I went on to volunteer and work as a counselor for several years as I enjoyed the friendships I had developed and the lessons I had learned.

After graduating high school, I was appointed by Congressman Tom Lantos to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. I resigned in good standing and immediately enlisted in the US Army following 9/11/2001 to enable me to deploy to combat more quickly than I would have if I had stayed at Annapolis and completed by 4 years of undergrad studies and officer training. After entering the Army, I completed Infantry and Airborne training, graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course, and became a Special Forces soldier, a.k.a. a “Green Beret.”

Volunteering and working at Via West had a tremendous impact on my life. I attribute my time with Via as being the most important factor in my success serving in SOF (Special Operations Forces). The children and adults I helped serve at Via West taught me humility, perseverance, integrity, perspective, and what a strong work ethic truly is. After seeing a small girl put her prosthetic legs on every day to go play with her friends at camp, without a complaint, I never once had a foot movement or mission insertion while in the services that seemed long or something that qualified for complaint. That made just about every physical challenge I encountered over the course of my career seem very easy, allowing me to concentrate on the more mental and cerebral aspects of my duties. Most importantly, the people I met over my years at Via taught me how to appreciate life, to never feel sorry for myself, and to be kind to others. These very important lessons served me well while operating in austere environments and working with foreign cultures around the world over my 18 years of military and government service. Now I would like to take this opportunity to support Via once again.

Programs like Via West and Altitude are extremely important for our community. They give people that face adversity, discrimination, and other challenges a safe place where they can have fun, feel safe, and build the skills they need to succeed in the world. They give campers and their families support and respite. They bring people together. Please help me to support them by making a donation in conjunction with my racing efforts. Below you will see a donate button where you can donate a penny per mile, a dollar per mile, ten dollars per mile, or any other amount that you wish. Whether or not you are able to donate, please be a part of this endeavor by sharing this page with your friends and family over social media.

My goal is to raise $20,000 to upgrade athletic equipment for Via West Campus. Any additional funds will be used to improve the nationwide accessibility to Altitude programs for families in need of assistance.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. During the years I spent with Via, I saw happiness, inclusion, kindness, compassion, and quite simply, people getting enjoyment our of life regardless of the adversity and challenges that they may face on a daily basis. Please consider making a donation to help. Any amount small or large will help, and you will be a part of something amazing.

If you have any questions about this fundraising effort or future ones, please contact me at https://www.instagram.com/edhardpounderwolf/.