Eva Casale of Team E.V.A. (Every Veteran Appreciated) is going to be running seven marathons in seven days to raise awareness and money for the Hope for the Warriors organization, a nonprofit that provides support for service members, veterans and military families. She’s asking the Long Island community to join her cause.
For the suggested donation of $50, you’ll receive a special tee shirt, a medal and access to run in any or all of the seven 26.2-mile runs throughout April 22-28. If that number sounds too daunting, you can join in at the checkpoint for the last seven-mile stretch on any given day. If not, you can push yourself to complete the week’s 184 miles alongside Team E.V.A. This unique marathon will also include visits to military homes and memorials along the way, so you shouldn’t miss a single day.
Here’s a summarized agenda for the week, so you can plan accordingly:
The event will kick off on Saturday with opening ceremonies at the Elks Lodge in Huntington at 9 a.m. The first day is dedicated to Gold Star Families for Peace, those who lost family members in the Iraq War. The track will go through Greenlawn, Centerport and Northport, ending at Elijah Churchill’s Public House.
Sunday is dedicated to all veterans: past, present and future. The run begins at 9 a.m. at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, after paying respects to the fallen heroes. The track will go through Lindenhurst and West Babylon.
Monday is dedicated of the fallen heroes of Shelter Island. The run will start at 1 p.m. and will go through the Shelter Island 10k course, as well as the high school.
Tuesday is dedicated to the fallen heroes of the East End. The run starts at 1 p.m. in Sag Harbor, and the track goes to the East Hampton War Memorial, then back to Sag Harbor’s War Memorial.
Wednesday is dedicated to the fallen warriors of Miller Place and Sound Beach. The run begins at 1 p.m. and the track runs through Middle Island and Miller Place, with a stop at the Calverton National Cemetery. The route will also go past the Veterans Memorial in Sound Beach.
Thursday is dedicated to the fallen heroes of Brookhaven and will begin at 1 p.m. The track will run through Farmingville and Brookhaven with stops at the Long Island MacArthur Airport to pay respects at the Fallen Warrior Memorial, Brookhaven Town Hall, and Bald Hill Memorial.
Friday is dedicated to Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who earned the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. The run will start at 1 p.m., with a stop at Murphy’s high school. Closing ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.
Check out Team E.V.A.’s website to register for the marathon or learn more about the cause.