Ryan Jerabek Results from the 2012 run are posted here

Read about the 2012 Companion Run at Camp Pendleton here

See photos from the 2012 Companion Run in Afghanistan (PDF) here

The Jerabek Challenge, a 2 mile walk or 4 mile run (2/4) begins and ends at Four Season's Park in Hobart, WI.   The event is planned to take place on the roads that Ryan ran to prepare himself for his service in the United States Marine Corps.
Runners participating in the 4 mile run may 1) run the traditional 4 mile event in running shoes or once again have the OPTION of joining the "Boot Brigade" 2) by running the 4 miles in ankle high boots ( ie: military boots, hunting boots, hiking boots,etc but no basketball shoes.)  or you can "raise the bar" on your Challenge and 3) complete the 4 miles in boots and 30# pack.  Those completing the 4 miles in boots will receive a collectible dog tag and beaded chain. Those who complete the 4 miles in boots and 30# pack will receive a dog tag with beaded chain and a commemorative challenge coin. Special awards will be given to the top male and top female in each of these three categories.  The dog tags will be collectible and repeat participants are encouraged to add them to the bead chain necklace that they receive and run with them each year. The slogan for the Boot Brigade will be "Earn Your Dog Tag." 

Ryan Jerabek, an 18 year old Hobart native had served our Nation in the United States Marine Corps with Honor, Courage and Commitment. Ryan was assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, ECHO Co. Weapons Platoon. (2/4 Second to None) He gave his life for the cause of Freedom on 6 April, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for extraordinary heroism. He also received the Purple Heart.

The intention of this non-profit event is to honor and thank our veterans, all of our servicemen and women, and to Honor and Remember our Fallen Heroes.

The inspiration and driving force behind this event came from Ryan himself. In his senior year at Pulaski High School, he gave a speech about the Marine Corps. At the end of the speech, he implored his fellow students with the following:

"I’d like to ask of you to thank those who fought and are fighting in the battles to keep this country at the pinnacle of Freedom."
      - Ryan Jerabek 2 Dec 2002

This event is one way that we can honor Ryan’s request. SEMPER FIDELIS (Always Faithful)

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August 14, 2011: Memories run deep at Jerabek Challenge (Read more)
August 13, 2011: Jerabek Challenge helps injured Marines (Read more)
February 20, 2011: Highlights of the 2010 Pfc. Ryan Jerabek, USMC Memorial Challenge (Read more)
February 20, 2011: Highlights of the 2009 Pfc. Ryan Jerabek, USMC Memorial Challenge (Read more)
August 10, 2010: USS Green Bay Runs at Sea to Honor Fallen Hero (Read more)
August 15, 2010: Fifth annual Jerabek Challenge in Hobart a race to remember (Read more)
May 29, 2010: One Marine's memorial: day of racing to honor veterans' service (Read more)
August 11, 2009: Jerabek Challenge Run in Baghdad (Read more)

August 9, 2009: 'We shed blood on the battlefield together' (Read more)
November 10, 2008: Grant recipients announced for 2008 Jerabek Challenge (Read more)
August 10, 2008: Runners Pay Tribute To Marine Killed In Iraq (Read more)
July 2, 2008: Group of Marines Run in Iraq to Honor Jerabek (Read more)
August 12, 2007: Memorial Race Honors Marine Killed In Iraq (Read more)