Support Destin’s own Forrest Gump, “Geoff Speyrer” as he makes his way around Destin, Florida (x5) times!
1-Mile Tire Flip (200 lbs)
WHEN: May 21-22, 2021
TIME: Midnight start time; completing within 24 hrs.
WHERE: Destin Area, Harbor Tavern, Destin Elementary School, Buffalo Jack’s
AFTER PARTY: Harbor Tavern
BENEFITTING: Healing Paws for Warriors
Army veteran, Geoff Speyrer, is the highlight of the SET-22 event, held on 21-22 May 2021, starting at 12:00 midnight, Harbor Tavern, Destin Florida. The endurance event will start on Friday (21 May) and continue throughout the night and into the next day/evening, Saturday (22 May). The event will end with an after party scheduled at Harbor Tavern. There will be aide stations and opportunities to sponsor along the way, so come show your support and cheer Geoff on as he brings awareness to veteran suicide/races to the finish.
During the military, Geoff was near explosives and later received medical care that adversely affected his health resulting in lower leg trauma/surgery that left him with a life-long injury; reducing his chances to be able to run and faced with the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
After leaving the military, Geoff spent the next 13 years in/out of incarceration and treatment facilities while later leaving the military became a fugitive; however, it was during these darkest years that he turned his life around instead of becoming a statistic and taking his own life. Sadly, 22 veterans and active-duty members take their lives a day thinking there is no hope. But Geoff found health and wellness as his tool to face adversity and turned his life around. He is a true example of resiliency; transitioning from dark times to physical fitness; bringing hope and awareness to veteran suicide.
Today, Geoff pushes himself both mentally and physically for the endurance event; setting the example for other veterans to follow who are faced with challenges to have hope and do not give into suicide. The endurance event is to raise awareness to veteran suicide, reducing the statistic from 22 to none. Last year Geoff raised over $10K for supporting veteran suicide. This year, proceeds for this year’s event will be donated to Healing Paws for Warriors.
Healing Paws for Warriors is a local veteran found / veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue to trained service dogs to post 9/11 combat veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at “no cost” to the veteran with continued support; reducing the statistic of veteran suicide, increasing self and family health and wellness. A resilient program that represents veterans helping veterans from personal experience and trained service dogs.