Nov. 22, 2011
The following courtesy of lacrosse senior Matt Hurley
NEW YORK CITY - Forty members of the Army lacrosse team spent Sunday, Nov. 20, traveling to New York City to participate in "A Run Down Hero Highway." The memorial run is described on the Lead the Way Fund'swebsite as "A fun-filled, patriotic event that pays tribute to a local hero and helps raise money for the families of Army Rangers who have been killed, disabled, or are currently serving in harm's way."
The event was created five years ago in honor of Sgt. James (Jimmy) Regan, a former lacrosse player at Duke University who played under current Army head coach, Joe Alberici. After graduating from Duke, Sgt. Regan turned down lucrative Wall Street job offers to enlist in the Army. He was killed in action in 2007 while serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment in Northern Iraq.
The Army lacrosse team looks forward to the event every year and comes away from the ceremony moved and proud to have been in the company of such dedicated public servants. The 4.5 mile run took participants to Battery Park, past Ground Zero, with a constant view of the Statue of Liberty. The Army lacrosse team had players place second, third, fourth, and sixth overall, in a race with over 1,000 participants.
The post-race celebration and remembrance service included a color guard of the 75th Ranger Regiment, a speech by its deputy commander, and the presentation of portraits to the families of two Rangers and one FDNY 1st Responder by Phil Taylor from The American Fallen Soldiers Project.
Army tri-captain, firstie Devin Lynch, remarked, "The run serves as a reminder to all of us that everyday soldiers are sacrificing their lives for our freedom and to honor them in such a fun environment creates a unique camaraderie and builds lifelong memories for our team."