My introduction to Joey Theinert's family happened when I was stationed in Afghanistan and participated in the Cup of Joe for a Joe program which delivers a letter and a fresh cup of coffee to service members -- and I received a note from Joey's mom Chrys. After learning about Joey I flew a flag in his honor over Forward Operating Base Salerno and then sent that flag to his family. Chrys and I have remained in email contact since that introduction and today the flag that flew in Joey's honor over Afghanistan is part of the flag raising and lowering ceremony that bookends every retreat at Strongpoint Theinert Ranch.
I am thankful and excited that Joey's family has given me the opportunity to use my participation in the Boston Marathon in April to raise awareness for Strongpoint Theinert Ranch and honor the five runners who lost their lives in the recent insider attack at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
I have been running since 1984. My first full marathon was Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 1996 (4:24). My favorite runs have been Boston Marathon Afghanistan (The Shadow Run) in 2012 (4:23) and 2016 (5:15). In conjunction with the AFG 2012 run I also completed the 10th Mtn Division "Mule Skinner Challenge" (another 26.2 miles following the Boston Shadow run 26.2) for a total of 52.4 miles where I finished 13th with a time of 9:32.
While I'm not the fastest of runners (4:07 PR in Los Angeles), I enjoy the camaraderie of running and the friendships we make along the way.
Strongpoint Theinert Ranch (STR) is a place where active and veteran service members, their families, and Gold Star families can come together to strengthen, transition, and reconnect on a 1,000-acre former cattle ranch in remote Magdalena, NM. STR is run by the family and friends of 1LT Joe Theinert who was killed in action during combat operations in Afghanistan on June 4, 2010. All guest expenses, including round-trip travel, meals, and equipment, are underwritten by the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund. We have hosted over 10 retreats and 80 guests so far including active and veteran service members from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps and Gold Star mothers and fathers. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, but know that we can do more.
Currently, Strongpoint Theinert Ranch guests stay in Joe's family home, but we are committed to expanding our reach. We have set a goal to raise $300,000, which would allow us to build a “bunkhouse” on family donated land. The 2,600 square foot bunkhouse will have 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a full kitchen, a great room, and give us the capacity to host up to 20 guests at a time. We have already raised $259,000. Please help us reach our goal and secure funding to break ground by December 2019. Learn more here.
|Erin Delman||04/20/2017||$10.00||Tony Wright||04/20/2017||$25.00||Thanks David||Maggie Reilly||04/18/2017||$50.00||Gaby and Andy Marucci||04/18/2017||$25.00||Congrats on a successful Boston! Thanks for remembering Joey!||Robert Montgomery||04/17/2017||$100.00||Thanks for your great effort.||Nancy Xu and Billy Theinert||04/17/2017||$100.00||Lana Bunning||04/17/2017||$25.00||Congrats!! Joe would be so proud and honored.||Sterling-Bev Phillips||04/16/2017||$50.00||Tex Bess||04/16/2017||$25.00||Good luck, Dave!||Tracy Kolodge||04/16/2017||$100.00||Have a Great run||Mary and Jimbo Theinert||04/16/2017||$75.00||David, thank you for taking on this challenge and helping us REMEMBER JOEY!||Justin Reilly||04/16/2017||$100.00||Chrysyna and Francis Kestler||04/16/2017||$100.00||Chrysyna and Francis Kestler||04/16/2017||$100.00||Brian Burwell||04/16/2017||$20.00||Strongpoint Theinert Ranch has been my rock since the passing of my best friend and fellow Brother Mike Johnson to suicide. David, best of luck to you and God Speed. What you are doing to help all of us and the ranch is awsome and for that I am greatful.||Richardson Lindsay||04/15/2017||$100.00||Katie Blue||04/15/2017||$100.00||Good luck David! We'll be watching you! Connie, Stacie, Katie||Garrett Anderson||04/15/2017||$25.00||LeeRoy Halley||04/15/2017||$30.00||Good luck in the race.||Jessica Brown||04/08/2017||$10.00||Tom and Kim Hanauska||03/12/2017||$20.00||Debra Bell||03/04/2017||$25.00||May the force be with you Uncle Dave!!! Run, Run, and Run!!!||Chris Scruton||03/02/2017||$25.00||Amy Olesen||02/27/2017||$25.00||Jeff Sell||02/26/2017||$100.00||David Sell||02/12/2017||$100.00||The Strongpoint Theinert Ranch is a Veterans Retreat for veterans and family to connect. It brings warriors together who have a common bond and unique experiences. I look forward to the day of meeting the family and participating in a retreat. Please donate to this worthy cause today. -David Sell||Janine and John Mahoney||02/12/2017||$25.00||Thank you for your service, your efforts to support Strongpoint Theinert, and your remembrance of our hometown hero Joey.||Larry and Susan Sell||02/12/2017||$200.00||Thank you for your service and sacrifice.||Robert Haugen||02/12/2017||$25.00||Best wishes for a great race at Boston.||Stephenie Jonas-Sullivan||02/12/2017||$100.00||Run, David, Run!||Jesus Torres||02/05/2017||$25.00||Diana Fehling||02/05/2017||$50.00||You're amazing!! Good luck from the 1Kers!!||Robyn Hamilton||01/25/2017||$25.00||For David Sell running the Boston Marathon|