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WHO: Over the summer of 2018, two airsports athletes--an American woman and a British man--are going to visit all fifty United States over the course of one, unbroken journey. They'll skydive in each one.


WHAT: When they make that fiftieth jump, the event will mark the first time the feat has ever been accomplished in one single journey. For all but Alaska and Hawaii, the pair will be making the journey in a motorhome.


The challenge is being undertaken to raise awareness for Operation Enduring Warrior (enduringwarrior.org). Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded non‐profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is “to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible.” OEW’s skydive program provides the training and equipment necessary to teach wounded and injured veterans how to skydive, introducing them to a tight, supportive community that enriches their lives long after each triumphant parachute landing.


OEW is a completely volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its different programs. The co-adventurers are self-funding the entire journey of Down For 50. No OEW organization funds are being used.

Utah is the trip’s third destination after its origin at the OEW home training base of Skydive Arizona.


WHEN: Friday, May 4th


WHERE: Skydive The Wasatch, located at Nephi Municipal Airport, located at 2001 North Airport Road in Nephi, Utah, just off the I-15 freeway. See http://skydivethewasatch.com/contact/directions/ or call 385-321-0284 for easy driving directions. Full Down For 50 trip route and schedule available at https://www.downfor50.org/for-our-partner-dzs.


INTERVIEWS:

  • The Down For 50 co-adventurers, Annette O’Neil and Joel Strickland (bios available at downfor50.org), will be available for interviews upon request.

  • You’re also invited to interview the fun crew of jumpers that call Skydive the Wasatch home.

VISUALS:

  • New skydivers preparing to take their first jump

  • Dramatic parachute landings

  • Aerial video footage/B-roll and digital photos available upon request from our on-site photographers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Annette O’Neil, D450 Co-Adventurer: annette@downfor50.org, 213-915-8719, downfor50.org

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The first annual Hardship Hill Team Obstacle Race has announced their partnership with Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW), naming OEW as the Official Charity Partner of their inaugural event. As part of the partnership, all proceeds of the event will be donated to Operation Enduring Warrior in support of their mission to honor, empower and motivate America’s wounded military service members.


"Operation Enduring Warrior is honored to have been selected as a Charity Partner for this challenging new race,” stated Kelly Farmer, VP of Communication for the organization. “At OEW, our flagship program is our racing program; which covers obstacle course racing, road races, hand-cycling, ultras, and more; allowing to our adaptive athletes to remain physically active and mentally challenged. We are always delighted to cultivate new partnerships in various regions of the country to help share our mission and grow our support. Hardship Hill in Eastern Tennessee is a great fit with our organization and one with which we hope to continue our partnership in future years. "


“F3 Knoxville created this race from the very beginning to benefit OEW. The commitment and sacrifice that our soldiers make for our country and the hardships they overcome when they come home injured does not go unnoticed,” said Chris DeFranco of Hardship Hill. “We are so thankful to all of our vets and this race is a way we can honor and celebrate them in a fun and challenging event.”


About Hardship Hill Team Obstacle Race:

A relay team race with obstacles; Hardship Hill will present participants with more than 20 obstacles over the distance of a 2 mile course. Teams will consist of two to eight team members where only two members of the team will race at any given time. Depending on team strategy, teams can tag in their next two runners each lap or complete multiple laps before tagging in their team members. There are three races available…. 5 Hour Team Race 10 Hour Team Race Kids Race Teams that complete the most laps in their given race will be awarded top honors. Teams can be made up of all men, all women, or co-ed.


Event Information & Registration Details:

For registration information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HardshipHill

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Annette O'Neil and Joel Strickland made their skydive jump over Arizona, performing an incredible air dance before pulling their chutes. They also completed jumps in New Mexico, are currently headed to Nevada, and eventually, they plan on making skydives in all 50 states (even Alaska and Hawaii) over the next six months, making it the first time the challenge has been completed in one fell swoop.


But they're not just making these jumps to set a record, they're also raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW). The organization's goal is to honor, empower, and motivate wounded vets. To tell us more, Annette and Joel joined our RTM hosts in the studio, along with Brianne Thompson from Axis Flight School, who partners with OEW to teach veterans to skydive.


If you'd like to know more or donate, please head over to DownFor50.org



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