Ivan Raiklin For US Senate Exploratory Committee

Raising Awareness of and Funds to Tackle the Veterans’ Mental Health Crisis

Goal

$50,000

Raised

$0

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Hi, I’m Ivan and I’m about to run 22 miles a day for 81 days straight — 1776 miles in all — starting August 23rd through November 11th, Veterans Day. Follow my journey through every corner of Virginia, my home state, on social media.

I hope to:

  1. Bring awareness to the ~22 veterans on average who commit suicide daily
  2. Support the following charities on the frontlines of fighting this epidemic:
    • Green Beret Foundation
    • Task Force Dagger
    • Special Operations Warrior Foundation
    • Victory for Veterans
    • Wounded Warrior Project
  3. Promote exercise and healthy living as a means of managing stress, mental health, and even increasing mental performance
  4. Test the waters for a 2018 US Senate Run. If I can complete my 1776 mile run, if I can raise half a million dollars for Veterans’ charities, and if the people of Virginia lend their support to help me launch a strong and inclusive campaign then I will answer their call.

Why 1776?

To pay tribute to the country I love.

Why 22?

Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. While this number is in dispute, I took the highest published number out there to ensure you could see that I am committed. We owe a national debt to each of them and the first step is awareness.

Why the August 23 start date?

On this day in 1775, King George III of Great Britain finally took the American Revolution seriously. He issued the Proclamation of Rebellion that declared elements of the American colonies in a state of rebellion. Let August 23rd , 2017 mark the day that this Veterans’ Mental Health Crisis is taken seriously and the day we proclaim our own rebellion against veteran suicide. My run begins at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon along the Mount Vernon Trail at 6:30am, please join me.

Why the November 11 end date?

It’s Veterans Day! I will complete my run at Arlington National Cemetery where I will visit our fallen American soldiers and my son, Theodore. I hope to honor them and my son with my campaign against veteran suicide.

Why do I need your help?

Putting on this three-month ultramarathon will require a lot of equipment and resources including a vehicle, fuel/food, medical supplies, video recording gear, computers, permits, a cell phone booster, plenty of health supplements, and a lot of shoes. In order to document, I’ll also need staff to follow me on the trail and to put everything up for you to see. I’m going to commit my savings, my health and all of my time for the next three months, but I need your help to finish this run.

Please donate below to help us reach our goal and note that the first $22 of every donation goes to Veterans’ charities. Also, we welcome any in-kind donation such as lodging, food, and showers after my daily segments if we are in your neighborhood.

Don’t forget to follow me on social media so you can watch every minute of my journey.

How Can I Follow / Participate / Volunteer / Support?

  1. The entire 1776-mile run will be documented via drones, 360VR and live video streaming and distributed on the Social Media platform of your choice so that you can catch every moment of my journey as I engage with everyone that I come across! Please connect with me on your preferred social channel. Also, I ask you to share it with your Virginia friends, Veterans, and outdoors enthusiasts!
  2. If you would like to run with me on a segment of a run, please email run@runwithraiklin.com
  3. To volunteer, please email volunteer@runwithraiklin.com
  4. To support the cause, please donate.
  5. For Media Inquiries, please email media@runwithraiklin.com

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Run With Raiklin to help me support our vets and complete a 1776 mile run!

When you click the DONATE Button, you will be asked to enter your credit card information. The first $22 of each donation goes to support the five Veterans' Charities listed on this site. The remaining funds will be used for the Ivan Raiklin for US Senate Exploratory Committee.

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