From September 5th to September 11th 2010, two siblings and active duty US Navy Sailors, Clayton and Ashley Anderson, ran the entire 185 mile length of the C&O Canal to raise money for our nation's wounded soldiers through the organization Operation Second Chance. Clayton and Ashley's journey took them from mile marker 185 in Cumberland to mile marker 0 here in Georgetown. For the last three years, two active duty members have completed the same route over the course of one week to raise money for Operation Second Chance. The primary way that GRC supports the cause is through fundraising: club participants will be divided into teams over the summer months to raise money from family and friends. When the team reconvenes on campus in the fall, they will attempt to log the same distance over the same week, fundraising for Clayton's cause. The incredible week of running will come to a close when the entire club will run the last few miles with the runners and their bike team and welcome them to the Hilltop in a grand finish line ceremony.
Each summer, members of GRC break up into teams and run 185 miles as a group in the course of one week. With our teams, we raise money for this organization. For more information about the 185 for Heroes Project visit Clay and Ashley’s website at 185forheroes.org. The 4th annual 185 for Heroes was held September 15th-21st 2013.