“All you have to do is walk longer than you think is possible, and carry more weight than you think you can.” That’s what my Jones Lang LaSalle colleague, Stephen Holley, told me last year as we were gearing up for “Carry the Load,” a 20-hour Memorial Day event honoring members of the military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and their families for the daily sacrifices they make for our country.
Beginning our trek last year at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Stephen and I kept going through the evening and night and into the next day, not stopping until Monday at noon. There were breaks between 9-mile laps around White Rock Lake, but the sleepless night and 20-pound backpack took its toll! I had sore muscles from head to toe, and more blisters than I could count. But it was worth it, which is why I’ll be supporting the organization again this Memorial Day.
If you’re in town Memorial Day weekend, lace up your walking shoes and join me for a life-changing journey.
Not everyone has to walk overnight; but the blisters and aches are nothing when you look back on the experience. Participants are encouraged to walk for as little as 10 minutes or as long as 20 hours and 12 minutes while carrying the load in honor of wounded and fallen servicemen and women.
This year, join hundreds of others walking up and down the Katy Trail to raise money for charities that support veteran causes. Twenty hours is the least we can do to help those who spend 365 days per year protecting us.
2012 Carry the Load—Event Details: May 27-May 28, 3505 Maple Avenue in Dallas. Opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sunday; closing ceremony at 12:12 p.m. Monday; closing celebration from 1-3 p.m. Monday.
For more information on Carry the Load, check out this inspirational video produced by Josh Hurst, director of digital for D Custom.
Jeff Staubach is a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.