Andrew’s “One Team One Fight” Experience

“One Team One Fight” athlete, Andrew McCown, recently sent the following email out to all his supporters. We were so grateful for his words that we asked to share it with all of you! Learn more about joining “One Team One Fight” here.

OTOF Athlete Andrew McCown crosses the finish line of the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon

Thank YOU!

Last Saturday, I ran the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon.  I ran one of the hardest half marathons in America, not for my own personal glory but to support the 31 Heroes Project Charity and the families of fallen military heroes. I ran for CW5 Dave Carter and SSG Pat Hamburger from my Army unit. I ran because I had your support and encouragement.  Thank you. I finished the race in 4hour 35 minutes.  More importantly, I finished and was able to proudly represent the 31 Heroes Project charity.

 
I have attached a picture of me and my roommate from Afghanistan, Josh Bearor, crossing the finish line.

Sincerely,
Andrew McCown

The Leadville Heavy Half Marathon After Action Review:
 
Fun Fact: Leadville, CO is more than just a quaint little downtown with $1 PBR on draft.  Sitting at 10,152ft Leadville, CO is the highest city in the US.  The elevation had me feeling nauseous while standing in the race parking lot.  But, I did not show up to back down.  The authentic shotgun start leads me right into-
Fun Fact #2: It turns out that 3,000 ft elevation gain in 8 miles is a lot of painful uphill climbing.
A lot of lung burning, one foot in front of the other, uphill walking. This, in turn, gives way to a lot of steep downhill walking.  Walking to keep from falling on the large, loose rocks a second time.
 
My advice to anyone considering this race:
1. Don’t. During the ascent of Mosquito Pass, my heart rate was so high/fast I was actually concerned that I might die.  Not concerned enough to turn around, but enough to make me promise to never sign up for this again.
2. If you are the type who heeds advice, this race is not for you.  This race requires your wild side.
3. But seriously, train for this event and train hard.  Train hills.  I had to walk a majority of the course because my body was beat down from inadequate training.
Suffering aside, there were some great aspects to this race: I have never encountered such camaraderie and encouragement from other racers.  High fives and cheers were common as people trudged up to Mosquito Pass. Friendly volunteers and well stocked aid stations.  Every runner had the opportunity to break through the tape crossing the finish line-Very exciting and fun.