New 24-Hour Relay for Heroes Race in Central Park Highlights Year-Long Efforts
Proceeds to Help Build New Centre to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health Conditions in U.S. Service Members
Press Release – New York, NY (June 30, 2016) – TeamExtreme, a group of elite amateur and professional athletes, today kicks off their year-long campaign to compete in athletic events that push them to their physical limits in an effort to raise $1 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), a not-for profit organization and national leader supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. All donations will help fund the building of Intrepid Spirit centers for diagnosis and treatment of TBI and psychological health conditions in U.S. service members.
Led by Winston Fisher, Partner at the NYC-based Fisher Brothers real estate firm, and currently comprised of a group of 20 athletes, TeamExtreme members will compete in Ironman competitions, major world marathons, and some of the toughest ultra-distance events on the planet. The team’s signature event will be the Relay for Heroes on September 17-18, 2016, a race around New York City’s Central Park where relay teams compete to run as many miles as possible within 24 hours.
“Being on TeamExtreme means you are willing to push your body to its limits, whether that means running your first 5K or a biking a 3,000-mile race across the country,” said Fisher. “We encourage anyone who is preparing for a race or physical challenge to join TeamExtreme and help us give back to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Our physical efforts pale in comparison to the sacrifices our military forces continue to make for us.”
Every dollar raised by TeamExtreme will go directly toward building Intrepid Spirit centers. Each center costs approximately $11 million to construct and equip with the latest in brain technology and treatment facilities and spans 25,000 square feet. Intrepid Spirit centers are operational at Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Hood, TX; and Fort Bragg, NC. A center is under construction at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and an additional three centers still need to be built.
Intrepid Spirit centers are funded and built by the IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the Department of Defense for operation and management upon completion. All of the centers are located at military bases around the country.
For the most up-to-date information on TeamExtreme, including a list of team members and events that Team Extreme team members will compete in, visit IntrepidTeamExtreme.com or follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/intrepidteamextreme, Twitter @ITeamExtreme and Instagram @IntrepidTeamExtreme.
About the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided close to $200 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. In 2010 the Fund opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions. In 2013 the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine “Intrepid Spirit” centers at major military bases around the country. These centers serve as satellites to the central NICoE facility and extend that care to more service members suffering TBI, PH conditions and related afflictions.