Get Up Nation® Grant Winners
Jordan Theurer - Ultra Runner
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Jordan is an Ultra Runner who just completed the St Croix Winter Ultra 40 mile race in Hinckley, Minnesota, on January 12, 2019. He pulled a sled in the middle of the woods at night for 40 miles on 4 days notice! Initially he thought he earned 20th place but found out afterward he placed 14th by finishing the race in 11 hours, 27 minutes, and 14 seconds! Get Up Nation is proud to have provided Jordan with a $50 Get Up Grant to help purchase supplies he needed for this test of endurance and perseverance! He also completed a 50 mile race called Surf the Murph in Savage, Minnesota in 2018!
Jordan is a United States Army Veteran and Survivor of alcoholism. In the darkest times of his addiction he discovered the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. It was the spark Jordan needed to begin his journey toward sobriety and health. Some ridiculed him when he first articulated he was going to be an Ultra Runner in the throes of addiction, but here he is now making his dream a reality.
Thank you, Marc Holley for introducing me to Jordan. It has been an honor to hear and share Jordan’s journey. If anyone would like to connect with Jordan for physical training or partner with him to raise awareness in the veteran community about alcoholism, follow him on Instagram @jordan_theurer! He is currently preparing for the Zumbro 50 Mile Race on April 13, the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Run on July 27, and a 100 mile run in October 2019!
Sean Long - Founder of Charlie Mike
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Sean Long is a Combat Veteran who suffered Traumatic Brain Injury during his service in the United States Army. Sean is committed to serving those who have experienced similar challenges in their life. He recently launched his own non-profit company called Charlie Mike where he helps restore a sense of normalcy to Veterans and First Responders with invisible wounds through group activities. Get Up Nation is proud to provide Sean with a $50 Get Up Grant to help with the start up costs of his company. Learn more about Sean and Charlie Mike at https://charliemikeorg.com/
Rodney Smith Jr. - Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service
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Rodney Smith, Jr. is the Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service. This organization provides free lawn care to the elderly, disabled, single parents, and veterans. They also mentor children aged 7-17. Get Up Nation® is proud to provide Rodney with a $50 Get Up Grant! Keep up the amazing work! If you're a young person who wants to change the world, do a 50 yard challenge in your community! Girls can participate as well!
Learn more at https://weareraisingmen.com/
Donate at https://weareraisingmen.com/donation