Marcus Luttrell to Host Inaugural Boot Run Half Marathon and 5K
Retired Navy SEAL & Best-Selling Author to Raise Funds for Boot Campaign and an Afghan Tribe
Houston, TX (October 29, 2012) — Burn off the turkey and dressing with Marcus Luttrell and friends at Boot Run Houston – a Half Marathon and 5K to benefit the Boot Campaign and Village of Sabray. Boot Run Houston will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat located at 22602 Hegar Road Hockley, TX 77447.
Your participation in Boot Run Houston will provide funding for the Boot Campaign’s wounded hero programs and the Village of Sabray—the community that protected Marcus Luttrell from enemy forces during Operation Red Wing.
Boot Run Houston allows you to run at your own pace. Runners can choose to register for the Half Marathon or 5K. Register now on www.BootRunHouston.com Make a statement by running in your Boots! You can order a pair of the Boot Campaign’s signature “give back” combat boots on www.BootCampaign.com. Proceeds from your boot purchase are used to back the Boot Campaign’s programs caring for the growing number of wounded military personnel.
Boot Run Houston
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat
After Party: 2:30pm
Not a runner? We’d love your smiling faces as event volunteers! Sign up to volunteer on www.BootRunHouston.com
Born and raised in Texas, Marcus Luttrell attended Sam Houston State University. He began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army soldier Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. Luttrell is a retired United States Navy SEAL. He received the Navy Cross for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wing.
On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (nom de guerre Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains. The SEAL team was made up of Luttrell, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson.
As recounted in the best-selling book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, 19 men lost their lives in Operation Red Wing. At the time, it was the largest single-day loss of life in Navy SEAL history. Luttrell was the only survivor. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and he was finally rescued by American forces six days after the gun battle.
Today, Luttrell works with charities such as the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Boot Campaign. He travels the country for speaking engagements and has written a second book, Service that follows up with unanswered questions from Lone Survivorand gives honor and praise to other members of the military. Luttrell, his wife Melanie, and their children live in the Houston area.