GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- If you're looking for Capt. Michael Boelk you'll probably find him on the road...running.
"Been averaging anywhere from 40 to 70 miles a week," he says as he jogs next to our KARE 11 car, answering our questions.
Why is he running so much? He and his wife Barbara are training for a really big event Saturday in Seattle. They plan to run 100 miles in 24 to 27 hours.
"For the last three years now members of our group have run 100 miles in support of military families and their children," says Boelk.
The group is called Always Brothers. Capt. Boelk is currently a commissioned officer with the 34th Red Bull Division in Minnesota, but before that, he was a marine. He spent most of his time on presidential duty stationed at Camp David. It's there that he met and served with his brothers.
Since then they have lost one brother. Capt. Tyler Swisher was killed in Iraq October 1, 2005. In his honor his brothers ran from Camp David to his gravesite in Arlington Cemetery. 100 miles. It was the start of something even bigger.
Last year they ran to raise money for the children of 22 Marines and one Navy Corpsman who were also killed in Iraq. And, this year, the run will benefit all veterans.
"We want the world to know about One Mind for Research," says Boelk.
One Mind for Research is a non-profit organization working on issues related to traumatic brain injury and mental illness. Something our men and women are experiencing far too much as they come home from war.
"It's been tough training and I'm a little nervous about the distance," says Barbara Boelk. "But it's really nothing compared to the distance and the challenge these families and these soldiers have when they come home with PTSD and traumatic brain injury and it's the least I can do."
Always brothers is trying to raise $160,000 for research. You can donate by heading to their website. The Boelks and dozens of others start their run at 8 a.m. EST Saturday out in Seattle and finish on Sunday at Century Link Field.
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