GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run Participant named US Army "Athlete of the Year"

Matt Cavanaugh (in blue) in the 2009 GORE-TEX® TransRockies RunDuring the 2009 GORE -TEX® TransRockies Run, CPT Matt Cavanaugh’s Team Wounded Warrior Project was one of the most inspiring TRR stories. Matt, who served two tours in Iraq, ran the GTTRR as part of a series of challenges throughout 2009, using each as a platform to advocate and raise funds for the work of the Wound Warrior Project. WWP is a program that offers support to the more than 30,000 severely injured veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On February 9th Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command selected Matt as the Army’s Athlete of the Year and he will receive the award this week at the Association of the United States Army’s Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The award is given for his public service and superior athletic performances over the demanding 2009 Team WWP schedule that included the US National Cross Country Championships, marathons, and ultra-distance races of 50 miles to 114 miles. Matt’s 2010 race schedule is tough: the 56 mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa, two 31 mile races in Lake Tahoe, California and Afton, Minnesota, as well as returning to the 114 mile TransRockies Run.

We at the GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run would like to congratulate Matt for his award and for all the work he has put into raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. For more informationon the WWP, please visit www.mattcavanaugh-teamwwp.blogspot.com.

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