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Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes Crosses Finish Line In 1st Place After Completeing The 3,000 Mile “Race Across America”

jp1.jpgTeam Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of eight elite amateur and former professional athletes, finished the 3,000 mile, coast-to-coast Race Across America on Friday, June 20th  - taking just five days and twenty hours to cross the finish line in Annapolis, MD.  The team came in first place in the eight person team division and raised over $580,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the process.

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes was led by Winston Fisher, Partner with the Fisher Brothers real estate firm in New York, and Evan “Chip” Marks, Co-Founder of Sungate Asset Management LLC, a family office in New York specializing in real estate investment.   Teammate Jimmy Riccitello, helped managed the team’s logistics throughout the cross country endeavor and is the Technical Director for Ironman and a two-time XTERRA World Champion.  Other members of the team include Brian Collins, Head of Development for Fisher Brothers; Hal Goldstein, Founder of NY based architecture firm Janson Goldstein; Scott Cohen, Acquisitions and Development at Fisher Brothers; Stefan Kusurelis, Senior Project Architect for Janson Goldstein; and Dr. Robert DeStefano, one of NY’s leading sports chiropractors and ART practitioners.

“We’re all exhausted after the race and aching all over but it was all worth it”, said Winston Fisher. “Whatever we’re going through now, we know that huge numbers of outstanding men and women have been through more in the service of our country. We’re just grateful for the opportunity to be of some help to those returning heroes who need it.”

Dave Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, said, “All the team members have done an absolutely incredible job in the last week and we’re very proud of what they’ve achieved. Not only did they raise so much money – they actually came in first place. Many more wounded heroes will get the help they need because of the money these guys have raised throughout their training and this week during the race”
 
The team’s efforts are helping to create nine new Intrepid Spirit Centers, which will operate as satellite centers of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), opened in 2010 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. All the centers will be located at military installations and bases near medical facilities around the country. These convenient locations will allow service members to receive TBI and PTS medical services without leaving their units or leave their families for extended periods of treatment.  This proximity to family and friends is expected to enhance service members’ care and rehabilitation.

The first two Intrepid Spirit Centers were opened last year at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Together they have already treated over 1,000 service members, since opening their doors in July and August respectively. The third and fourth centers are currently under construction in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Bragg, North Carolina and are expected to be operational within the next year.  A formal ground breaking was held just two weeks ago for the fifth Intrepid Spirit Center, in Fort Hood, Texas.

Each of the NICoE Satellite Centers is 25,000 sq. ft., and costs approximately $11 million to construct and equip with the latest in brain technology and devices.  Each Intrepid Spirit Center is gifted to the Department of Defense upon its completion.

To date, the teams competing in Race Across America have raised over $4 million for charities of their choosing. The race began on June 14th in Oceanside, CA. and is considered to be the world’s harshest endurance athletic event.  The route touched 12 states, 88 counties and climbed over 170,000 vertical feet. 

The team’s fundraising page will remain open for the near future.