Months of training went into the trail run, but Maj. Michael Donahue’s time was also spent earning pledges from the soldiers of the 63rd Signal Battalion for each mile he lasted. About 80 soldiers pledged money for the Augusta Warrior Project, as much as $4 a mile.
“I asked, ‘Are you sure you want to do that?’ ” Donahue said Tuesday during the presentation of a $1,330 check to the nonprofit organization.
Donahue made sure his pledges knew he planned to run between 40 and 60 miles in an 8-mile loop. His longest run to date was 32 miles, and he was curious when he would hit the peak of his endurance. An even 50 miles after 11 hours of running was his limit, Donahue said.
Jim Lorraine, the executive director of Augusta Warrior Project, said the money will go directly to veterans and their families. This past weekend, for instance, the organization bought groceries for a veteran.
“It’s a big help,” he said.