October 18-19, 2013, a team of 12 runners will compete with thousands of other participants in a 200 mile overnight relay race through the back roads of Kentucky. The team is on a mission to help paralyzed veterans.
This annual event is known as The Bourbon Chase and its course follows along The Kentucky Bourbon Trail. One of the 300 teams has given themselves the name, 'Bullion to Bourbon', and consists of soldiers, contractors and members of the civilian workforce, all of whom work in and around Fort Knox, Kentucky. These individuals have joined forces to raise funds and awareness for Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Ram Vantipalli, the team’s captain, reports “this annual race has become a fundraising opportunity for us to help U.S. veterans and soldiers. Last year we raised $5,600 for USA Cares and this year we are attempting to raise over $10,000 for Paralyzed Veterans of America.”
The team has recruited corporate sponsors Hewlett Packard, SAP NS2, VSoft, Government Works, TEKSystems and Cohns & Associates, as well as several local business and individual sponsors.
Mike Kuntz, Race Director of the event, adds, "The Bourbon Chase is proud of the fact that each year our event serves as a vehicle to raise close to $200,000 for worthy organizations. The Bullion to Bourbon team should be commended for ‘making their miles mean more’ by dedicating their running for the benefit of our paralyzed veterans."
“We are grateful to those individuals and organizations who reach out to us to host events like The Bourbon Chase on behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America. We are honored that team 'Bullion to Bourbon' has selected Paralyzed Veterans as the benefiting charity and we look forward to working with them to help advance our mission and continue to strengthen the programs and services we provide for our veterans. A million thanks for saluting our heroes!” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
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