This year marks the 24th anniversary of one of the most talked about battles involving United States servicemembers since the Vietnam War – the Battle of Mogadishu. What began as a daytime raid to capture two top lieutenants of Somali war-lord, General Mohamed Farrah Aidid, quickly spiraled into a rescue mission after two UH-60 helicopters were downed while conducting the operation. In what has since been detailed throughout several books and documentaries, and dramatized in the 2001 film Blackhawk Down – after fighting throughout the night near the first crash site, members of Task Force Ranger ultimately fought their way to a rally point held by Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division the following morning, a route that has since become known as “The Mogadishu Mile”.
The Mogadishu Mile 5K pays tribute to the heroic actions of Task Force Ranger and allows us to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful mission. Runners, walkers, and patriots alike are all encouraged to join us September 30th in Columbus, Georgia for the 2017 Mogadishu Mile 5k Memorial Run. Those that can’t make the trip can still participate by registering for our “virtual” run, where runners anywhere in the world can register, receive a commemorative shirt, and run alocal 5k route that is convenient to them.
With a mission of lending support to forward deployed servicemen and women, their stateside families, and returning veterans - the primary charitable partner for the Columbus, Georgia event is the 2nd H.O.O.A.H. chapter of Georgia. This organization is 100% volunteer driven with a vision of providing dedicated servicemen and women “…customized support and services when they need it most; simply because it’s the right thing to do.”
In anticipation of this year’s Mogadishu Mile 5k memorial run, we encourage everyone to take a moment to remember “why we run” and refresh themselves on the historic events that took place 24 years ago, Oct 3rd-4th 1993. - Jeremiah McCarthy