Team ONE MILE is on a mission to help veterans, first responders, and military spouses. With unity and teamwork, we approach each community with the message of perseverance. Your struggle today, will be your greatness tomorrow. Your struggle is part of your story!
We are all from different backgrounds, with different life stories coming together to help those during difficult times of transition. Transitioning from military to civilian live, transitioning from longstanding careers, transitioning from trauma.
Team ONE MILE combines veterans and civilians to re-create the teamwork and purpose needed to succeed. By offering once in a lifetime challenges, we are able to reignite that spark these heroes have deep inside them. Purpose is created by teamwork!
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Bringing veterans, first responders, and civilians together for the ultimate challenge is our mission. Providing leadership, wellness training, and having a common goal, is our gift.
Breaking down barriers and providing mutual support is what happens for all involved. It starts with those you surround yourself with.
OUR 2022 team
“Surround yourself with people you are not willing to let down.”
Team ONE MILE
Sara continues to serve as a Major in the Air Force Reserves and has over 22 years of total military service. She practices her top values of connection and courage, in her work as a mental health therapist, an endurance athlete, and a mentor of young women. She completed Unbound Gravel 200 in ‘17, ‘18, and ‘19 and prefers to ride through this tough and beautiful life on long winding roads and single track trails.
James lives with his wife, Sunny, and their five children in Utah. After breaking several Guinness World Records, James wondered if he had found his mental and physical limits. He knew there was more: 50 Ironmans, 50 States, 50 consecutive days.After accomplishing the fifty, James knew he wasn’t done yet. Over the next five years, he rode his mountain bike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, ran 235 miles across Greece, competed in Xtreme Triathlons worldwide, and raced the Xtri World Championship.
Aaron is one of the wingmen to James Lawrence, the Ironcowboy, and helped him during the 50/50/50, driving James during the night from state to state and helping crew throughout the day. After that his crewing took him worldwide to support James and crew for him on some Xtreme triathlons. He then helped and coached James during the Conquer 100 project getting him through the bike portion everyday and doing 101 consecutive 112 mile bike rides totaling 11,312 miles ridden.
When Kari isn’t racing she’s a professional high achiever. Captain Kari Giles works as the Deputy Director of Operations for the entire Georgia Air National Guard where over this past year she was recognized for her work planning and coordinating Georgia’s COVID response efforts around the state.
Cesar is a former professional triathlete with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports events and races. He has raced internationally in everything from sprint and Olympic distance triathlon to elite road cycling. He has qualified and raced in the Ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii and and half Ironman world championships as well as multiple ultra endurance cycling adventures. Cesar has also been involved with SpinningⓇ indoor cycling for over 20 years.
Viviane grew up and lived a big part of her life in the city of São Paulo (Brazil), the 4rth biggest city in the world. The city madness didn’t keep her from finding the way to the mountain bike trails late on her 20’s, where she found the joy to live. Riding bikes opened the doors to the world and to a successful career as professional racer, being the first Brazilian female to sign a contract with an UCI European team.
12 yrs of service in the Army National Guard as Infantryman and Combat Engineer. During my deployment to Iraq in 2004-2005 my unit was attached to EOD as escort and security, and we also ran route clearance. I was lead vehicle gunner.
Robert Hastings has more than 40 years military service as an enlisted soldier, warrant officer and commissioned officer. As an air cavalry officer he flew the AH-1 Cobra, OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Blackhawk with the 7th Infantry Division, 101st Air Assault Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. His combat and expeditionary deployments include tours in Iraq, Bosnia, and Honduras. Hastings joined the George W. Bush Administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
Sam made the natural transition from national level figure skater in Canada to US Marine during his senior year of high school. Reporting to bootcamp 5 days after placing in the top 20 at the world duathlon championships Sam continued his high impact performance with his infantry unit deploying with Special Operations Capable units to both Afghanistan and Iraq and was meritoriously promoted 3 times (E3, 4, 5). Serving Gold Star families as part of the 1st Marines Funeral Detail.
Mark L. Donald is a retired United States Navy SEAL, hospital corpsman, and physician assistant who served in the United States Navy. Donald is one of the few American warriors to have earned three high-level combat valor medals for displaying the highest levels of battlefield heroism on more than one occasion. Donald, a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star awards in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the fall of 2003 and the Bronze Star with V device denoting combat heroism.
Author of TOP 10 Health Books of the Year 2020, Quitting to WIn. Crystal is a fourth-generation Arizonian and knows the value of taking care of herself, so she can be of service to others. Crystal can be found in the fresh air, either between the lines of a softball diamond or on a summit. Crystal has been speaking for the past five years sharing her experience, strength and hope. She’s achieved a collegiate national championship in softball and, she has continued to coach, fitness.
In 1988, Steve Lewis had a spectacular season, completely rewriting the world junior all-time list in the 400 m and winning an Olympic gold medal. Lewis had been third at the US Olympic Trials and was not considered a potential medalist before the Olympic 400 m final, with Butch Reynolds heavily favored. In the Olympic final Lewis set an early fast pace, and although Reynolds closed near the finish, Lewis held on to win in 43.87, a time that still stands as a world junior record.
More than 25 years ago, when motion capture videography was unheard of, John had already been analyzing how an athlete moves to determine how to best enhance performance. As a collegiate track and field athlete then coach, John began his pursuits studying non-ground based athletic movements and the demands of joint motions in the body. John is now regarded as the pre-eminent bike fitter, earning expert certifications for his fit-training programs.
In 1984, the Olympic Road Cycling Race was held in Mission Viejo. Over the next 30 years, Rich pursued his dreams and photographed: The Coors Classic Cycling Race, Tour DuPont, Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and was the Official photographer for the XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series and also the ITU World Cup Triathlon Series.