Ripley Race

Established 2009, the Ripley Race is a 5K road race and 1 mile fun run to raise awareness and support for our men and women returning home from war. In just three years we have raised more than $90,000 for returning veterans.

With 1,000 runners, the 2011 Ripley Race raised nearly $70,000 for the Semper Fi Fund and had tremendous support from the military community and their families. The 2012 race was run on November 4, but you can still make a tax-deductible donation to the cause – and, of course, you may also help by buying a copy of In the Shadow of Greatness via this link to Amazon.

Ripley Race celebrates the legacy of valor and leadership of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret). In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Colonel Ripley earned six valorous and 14 personal decorations in two tours of combat, including the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. During the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive, the then-Captain Ripley was responsible for destroying the Dong Ha Bridge. In a desperate and heroic action that would make him a legend in the Corps, Captain Ripley placed and detonated more than 600 pounds of explosives, stopping an enemy assault of more than 20,000 men.

For his courage and heroism at the Dong Ha Bridge, Captain Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor. The destruction of the Dong Ha Bridge has been memorialized in a diorama at the U.S. Naval Academy entitled "Ripley at the Bridge."

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- The book makes a great gift! Take care of your holiday shopping early!

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