The Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race sprouted from conversations with Dr. Merritt Pember, Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) surgeon and Veteran US Army Major (Operation Iraqi Freedom), regarding Veterans Day celebrations in/around Austin. In discussions with his wife, Kim, and other members of the DOC team, it became apparent that DOC owed a lot to Veterans. In fact, in addition to Dr. Pember, it was discovered that 4 of Direct Orthopedic Care's other orthopedic specialists in the Austin area were Veterans themselves.
As the discussion progressed, it was agreed upon that one of the best ways to honor Veterans was to create a fundraiser for Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor has a singular, noble, mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members. With the Austin area being such an active community, it seemed only natural to create an event that combined both Texas-style patriotism along with a healthy pursuit of physical determination and accomplishment. Thus, the Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race was born!
To make the race a reality, the DOC team enlisted the gracious help of the Emmis Broadcast Group and Team Radio Active's Gary Osborn. Making the race go smoothly, the team turned to the organizational expertise of Multisport Endurance Events.
We hope all participants will enjoy the camaraderie, competition and spirit of patriotism sure to be felt raising money for a great cause that honors our US Veterans on Veterans Day.