Chris McMartin transforms The American Legion 100 Miles for Hope into his own personal 100 Miles by land, sea and air.
And then some. McMartin pursues the following objectives:
• Run 100 miles.
• 1,000 mile bike.
• Swim 10 miles.
• Fly a plane over 1000 miles
• Diving for 100 minutes.
His DIY challenge followed on from his impressive feat during the inaugural campaign. Due to service-related injuries, McMartin said he didn’t think he could run 100 miles in the 100-day campaign in 2020.
“But what I do a lot is biking,” said McMartin, a school teacher who cycles three miles to and from work every day when it’s not raining or below 40 degrees. . “I thought I would be able to do it. One hundred miles came fairly easily. Then I thought maybe I could do 1,000 miles. Then I looked at the calendar and I was able to do 2,000. I like round numbers, so I was like, ‘Why not?’ “
He did 2,000 in 2020.
When the challenge was extended to around 160 days this year, it sparked McMartin’s uber challenge.
“It’s a lot larger so more people can participate,” said McMartin, member of American Legion Post 305 in The Woodlands, Texas. “And I thought about what I could do to get people interested and donate to the Children’s and Veterans Foundation.”
McMartin, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, obtained his private pilot license in 2018. He obtained his diving license a few years earlier. He has already achieved his lofty goals for flying and scuba diving, but weather and weather have limited his bike mileage.
“After school is over for the summer, I will have more time each day and be able to go out more,” he said, as the school year drew to a close.
McMartin uses a spreadsheet not only to track his goals, but also to develop a plan to achieve them. “I hunt them down aggressively,” he said. “They always seem to be on hand and I am very optimistic about my ability to achieve these goals. I regularly update my circle of friends and family on my progress and as a way to encourage them to donate to the community. Veterans and Children Foundation.
The campaign is open to members of the American Legion family and anyone else. Although not everyone wants to participate in physical activities, they are welcome to join the campaign by supporting the foundation. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly to support disabled veterans and military families across the country facing financial crises.
“What really inspired me, as a junior ROTC instructor, are the kids,” he said. “They have inspired me to follow them for the past six years. I like to have a goal in mind, set a goal and work to achieve it. With 100 Miles for Hope having a national community doing it at the same time, they inspire me and I hope I will inspire them.