I have decided to raise money for two related memorial funds in conjunction with my next 100-mile running race (on 16-17 March 2013).
Lt. Roslyn (Roz) Schulte was a friend of mine, and also one of my U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) classmates. She was a beautiful, confident, talented woman. In 2009, she was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer; she mentored the Afghan military in intelligence gathering and interpretation and assisted with humanitarian efforts. As a testament to the kind of person she was, after working 14-hour days, she devoted about 3 hours a day toward organizing a charity for Afghan refugees.
On 20 May 2009, the vehicle Roz was traveling in drove over an improvised explosive device (IED), and she died as a result of her injuries–She was only 25. She was the first female USAFA graduate to die in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was also the first (but not the last) person I knew personally to be killed in combat.
Recently, I started thinking about Roz and remembered I wanted to run a race in her memory at some point, and my upcoming 100-miler seemed perfect. I later learned it was even more perfect considering the race is 16-17 March, and 18 March marks Roz’s 29th birthday. Since I’m running the race, I decided I might as well raise some money for two separate memorial funds set up in her name.
The first one is the John Burroughs School (JBS) Roz Schulte Spirit Fund. The goal of the Schulte Fund is to recognize the spirit, camaraderie, teamwork and leadership qualities that Roz was known for wherever she went – at Burroughs, at the Air Force Academy, on the playing fields, in her friendships, and during her service to her country. The Schulte Fund will support the activities of Blue & Gold Spirit Week at John Burroughs School. Each year, proceeds from the fund will be used by the school to support spirit week events, activities, and purchases. From pep rallies to bonfires, posters to t-shirts, pom-poms to face paint, the Schulte Fund will make it possible for all Burroughs students to participate in the fun and whimsy of Blue & Gold Spirit Week.
The second one is the USAFA Association of Graduates (AOG) Lt. Roz Schulte Character and Leadership Fund. The purpose of this fund was to establish two annual awards. The first, an annual award through the Center for Character and Leadership Development to recognize first class cadets exhibiting outstanding character and leadership skills to honor the spirit of service exemplified by Roslyn Schulte. The second, an annual award for the cadet on the USAFA Women’s Lacrosse team exhibiting outstanding leadership skills and character.
Please make all donations by 31 March 2013.
Both funds are tax-deductible, as long as donations are made directly to them. Below are links leading to each one:
- JBS Ros Schulte Spirit Fund: https://jbalum.jburroughs.org/podium/default.aspx?t=111788. NOTE: In the “In memory of” field at the link, you MUST put “Roz Schulte” in order to ensure funds get routed there. Please also put “Katrina Mumaw 100-miler” in the “questions and comments” section at the bottom of the form to indicate the origin of the funds.
- USAFA AOG Lt. Roz Schulte Character and Leadership Fund: https://giving.usafa.org/give/schulte. NOTE: This link is directly to a page set up for Roz, but at the bottom in the “notes/special instructions” section please put “Katrina Mumaw 100-miler.”
I have run a handful of ultramarathons in the past 4 years, including 1 other 100-miler. I have always approached them very conservatively. I plan on taking a much needed break after this ultra, so I decided to approach it more aggressively than normal because I really want to see what I can do and did not really have anything to lose by doing so. Initially, I was concerned that this outlook was incongruent with wanting to run the race for Roz, but then I realized it actually made perfect sense. No, I do not intend to do the race recklessly, but one of the things I can learn from the life Roz lived is to savor experiences and make the most of them. I don’t want to live without taking risks because those moments beyond my comfort zone are where I truly feel alive. I can think of no greater way to honor and celebrate Roz’s life than to live mine to the fullest extent possible.
For anyone interested in race specifics, it’s called the Beyond Limits Ultra; there are multiple options, but I’m doing the 100-mile one. It takes place near Riverside, CA, beginning on the morning of 16 March. There should be live tracking throughout the race; more info on this should be available later. Additional information about the race can be found on their web site at http://beyondlimitsrunning.com/BeyondLimits_Ultra_Race.html
If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or email me at email@example.com.