Magazine article The New American

Water Marathon for Wounded Soldiers

Magazine article The New American

Water Marathon for Wounded Soldiers

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Approximately 200 people in the city of Hershey, Pennsylvania, exercised their leg muscles for a worthy cause on Sunday, September 9. They participated in the HydroWorx Underwater Marathon outside of the Troegs Brewing Company in Derry Township to raise money for the Eagle Fund, a charity that helps wounded special operations soldiers recover.

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A total of 16 treadmills was submerged in three tanks of water. Jets were turned on and runners ran at various speeds. Participants in the marathon ranged from ages seven to 82 years old.

Alex Lincoln, founder of the Eagle Fund, said that the goal of the marathon was to raise $250,000 to help 50 wounded warriors, but the event raised much more than that.

Anson Flake, CEO and co-founder of HydroWorx, told CBS 21 News, "Knowing that every 5000 dollars heals a warrior and that we've broke through that 250K barrier by a lot, that gives me a lot of pleasure."

Gus Viani, an Air Force para-rescuer, flew to Hershey to be at the event. Viani was injured while serving in the Air Force, and was able to benefit from the Eagle Fund's generous donations. Viani believes it is now his turn to help ensure that other injured warriors receive the same care. "I got to take part in the Eagle Fund a couple months ago and it got me better so much faster--so I'm trying to give back in some way and represent so other guys can take advantage of it," Viani told CBS 21.

One participant, Scott Morgan, a regular marathoner, stated that this underwater marathon was in some ways harder and in other ways easier than he expected. …

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