Connecting America to Her Veterans


Run, walk, bike, hike, row and workout for America's veterans!


GallantFew’s PATRIOT CHALLENGE is a nationwide veteran transition advocacy and community fitness event. PATRIOT CHALLENGE brings together military and civilian PATRIOTS each February to raise funds for GallantFew’s transition support programs as well as national and local military and veteran support initiatives.

For eight consecutive years, GallantFew’s Run Ranger Run grew in participants across our great nation. In 2012, Army Ranger Cory Smith ran 565 miles from Fort Benning, Ga. to his home in Indianapolis, Ind. to bring awareness to the challenges facing transitioning service members. As a salute to our first PATRIOT, our inaugural PATRIOT CHALLENGE teams will continue the Run Ranger Run tradition of logging 565 combined miles in February 2021.

Run, walk, bike, climb, skate or lift. If you can exercise, you can be a PATRIOT!

PATRIOT Program Incentive

- Connecting America to Her Veterans -

Beginning with registration on May 1, 2020, PATRIOT CHALLENGE participants form teams to raise funds for GallantFew’s transition support programs and their own veteran/military support initiatives. After a team of at least 10 participants takes the SPARTAN PLEDGE, logs 565 miles, and raises $1,000 — the team qualify for the PATRIOT Program Incentive.

The PATRIOT Program Incentive allows PATRIOT teams to receive up to 50% of the funds they raise after the initial $1,000 is raised (excluding fees and registration) for a pre-approved local or national initiative to connect America to her veterans.

For example, a local Veteran of Foreign Wars chapter that raises $2,000 during PATRIOT CHALLENGE would be eligible to receive up to $500 (excluding fees and registration) for a military appreciation event, facility maintenance or support to military community.

Michael Schlitz

Inaugural PATRIOT CHALLENGE Chairman

A 14-year U.S. Army Ranger veteran, Mike has dedicated the last 13 years of his life as an advocate of public and private initiatives and programs connecting America with her veterans. Wounded in an IED attack Iraq on Feb. 27, 2007, Mike survived the loss of his hands, burns on 85 percent of his body, and loss of vision. He lives a life full of hope and purpose inspiring veterans to fight through their challenges to become involved as leaders in their local communities. Mike has served in Board of Directors and leadership capacities with the Gary Sinise Foundation and GallantFew.

“The heart of PATRIOT CHALLENGE is community. We are connecting America to her veterans by providing opportunities to work together for common goals.”

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