Along with Robinson, Team Leader Brian Poliafico, and other dedicated souls ruck marched along the Haddonfield Memorial High School’s track in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Robinson has completed multiple events with Poliafico’s team in the past. A civilian, he decided to participate in Active Heroes events to do his part in trying to help the epidemic of 22 veterans a day committing suicide. His father was a WWII veteran, and his older brother was in the Air Force. He has cousins and uncles who were also in the Military.
For this 22 hour event, he trained for about six-weeks ahead of time, walking six to eight hours alone each time he trained.
Robinson said what kept him going for the whole 22 hours at the event, were the hourly dedications to those they were rucking for.
“You get into the zone, and remember the cause at those events,” said Robinson.
str said he was inspired to hold this second 22 hour event after his experience last year with the first one he hosted.
“The bonds that were formed that night carried me through an entire year and we all completed the event again this year along with a few others,” said Poliafico “This event builds such a strong bond between people regardless of whether they are civilians or Veterans.”
Poliafico said Robinson drives almost an hour to get to his team’s events.
“Many people would be discouraged just by driving over, but not Chris,” said Poliafico
Poliafico said it was amazing to see Chris’ determination when they ruck together.
He said seeing the support the community puts into these events also is extremely rewarding. He said two moments during the event this year brought him to tears.
When they were singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the event, every student athlete working out along the track and on the field stopped practicing and placed their hand over their heart. And the next morning when the girls track team came out for practice, they immediately grabbed every available flag and walked a mile with the team before they started practice.
“Nobody asked them to do that, and when I had the opportunity to thank them, I completely broke down,” said Poliafico.
Poliafico said volunteering with Active Heroes and coordinating Carry The Fallen events had changed him forever.
He became involved because he has a deep love and respect for the men and women who serve and who have served.
“I never knew the epidemic that was occurring and once I found out, I knew I needed to do something,” said Poliafico. “Active Heroes was open to letting me coordinate events, they shared their vision and were very transparent. I knew this was a charity I could help and I could not be happier to volunteer with them. I never knew I would be influencing people and calling them to action in this manner.”
Poliafico said he will continue hosting several events throughout the year in the South Jersey area, until the mission of Active Heroes is accomplished.
To get involved with or donate to Poliafico’s Carry The Fallen team, visit: https://fundraise.activeheroes.org/fundraise/team?ftid=28156