Texas Welcomes Pyle in the Patriot Run Across America
Friday, April 20, 2012

Last week in The NATCA Insider, we featured ultra-distance runner John Pyle running every day in the Patriot Run Across America. NATCA is showing its support for Pyle by attempting to raise $25,000, in correlation with NATCA's 25th Anniversary, while also running the last 100 miles from Key Largo, Fla. to Key West, Fla.

Pyle reached the halfway mark in Texas last Saturday, after running a tough five days straight in 30-40 mph headwinds. Now that the brown colors of Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas are behind him, he is now beginning to see green buds popping from the grounds and the trees as he continues his journey. Pyle was featured on a local Texas news station, KEYE TV. Click here to view the clip.

This weekend, NATCA EVP Trish Gilbert is joining Pyle in Texas to run by his side in support for the wounded soldiers and veterans of America. Next week we'll feature Gilbert and Houston area members' journey with Pyle as they kick-off NATCA's participation in the Patriot Run Across America.

So far, NATCA has raised nearly $3,000, and the effort is just beginning. Wednesday, ZMA air traffic controller Brian Fryer and his fiancé, Judy, joined the NATCA Running relay team in the Keys 100, which will be the final 100 miles of this cross-country mission. Brian is just one of many NATCA members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan before joining the FAA. Now he will run to benefit our wounded veterans. His fiancé, Judy, has volunteered as a member of the race support team.

"When I was asked to run, I was honored to be a face for NATCA to show support for our returning Vets," said Brian. "Having served overseas during Operation Enduring Freedom, I have a camaraderie with our troops and am proud to support this cause."

The Keys 100 race has a six-person relay in addition to the individual 100-mile ultra-marathon. NATCA members from ZMA have entered a relay team called NATCA Running. In addition to the runners, many others members in the local are supporting the effort. NATCA Running is eagerly encouraging more runners and volunteers to participate in support of Pyle's cause as he continues his run across the Southeastern US.

NATCA has set a goal of raising $25,000 for Wounded Warriors. To meet this goal, NATCA only needs 1000 members to donate $25 for the cause. The Wounded Warrior Project has recognized NATCA Running as an official supporter so NATCA members can make tax-deductible donations online directly to the charity and NATCA will be credited. To contribute to this great cause, click HERE. NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) has already donated $1000 to the cause.

In addition to donations, if you are interested in joining the NATCA members by running or walking for this cause, please send your name, email, phone and facility to pmg.gonzo@gmail.com. A Facebook page has been launched for the cause N A T C A running where you can find more information.

The Patriot Run Across America is organized by the Patriot Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization formed in 2011 to aid American servicemen and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Every year, wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs and services. Find out more about the Patriot Run Across American at http://www.patriotrunacrossamerica.com/ or the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.