When he’s not designing and developing software for embedded systems or standalone PC applications, Brian Jump – Test Software Engineer at SEAKR Engineering – is helping to organize the Miles for Our Military 5K race, the SEAKR Foundation’s annual fundraising event. The SEAKR Foundation is a non-profit organization helping Colorado military families whose spouse or parent has been killed or wounded in action. The SEAKR Foundation has been supporting select families since 2004.
“The Miles for Our Military 5K started 3 years ago. It was an idea that just popped into my head. We have the SEAKR Foundation, and I thought this could be something we do to support the Foundation as well as raise money and awareness. I do a lot of ultra-trail running myself. My passion for running definitely had something to do with it. I found out that the idea was already out there, it just never materialized. So Kim, Michelle and I worked on making it a reality. Now we’re on our third year.”
Three years later, the SEAKR 5K race serves as a coming together for the SEAKR community.
“We always have a large showing of SEAKR employees on race day, both as volunteers and runners. It opens up the opportunity for co-workers who don’t work with each other on the daily to mingle outside of work and spark some new friendships. It has become a big part of the SEAKR culture.”
More than just a race, the Miles for Our Military event features music, yoga, Italian ice, and vendor booths for local sponsors.
“We partner with local businesses. They sponsor the race, and in return they set up vendor booths and promote their businesses. It’s a win-win.”
As with any race, there are prizes.
“Military persons get rewarded with these challenge coins after training exercises. We took that idea and made our own challenge coin for the 5K. Every runner gets a challenge coin and a T-shirt. We also have prizes for the top three males and the top three females. But, I’ll let that be a surprise.”
Interested in running or volunteering?