Educational Scholarship Open for Applications

An educational scholarship in the amount of $2,222.22 will be awarded on January 22, 2016 to an American who emulates Luc’s spirit and tenacity for life. This scholarship honors the memory and life of Major Lucas “GAZA” Gruenther a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot who lost his life while flying a night training mission over the Adriatic Sea.

This scholarship is open to US Citizens who have the spirit and ambition to advance themselves and benefit the community while Living Like Luc.

Applicants will be considered for their spirit, ambition, love of life, and contributions to their community.

  1. To apply for the scholarship:
    Complete this brief application form.
  2.  Create a 2-5 minute video that:
    1. Captures your spirit and ambition for life
    2. Describes how you plan to use this award to help you to “Live Like Luc”
    3. Explains how you plan to use the award for self-development and to benefit the community
  3. Email the application and video to:

Applications and videos are due by: December 1,2015 for the January 22,2016 award.




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Family Member of a Fallen Hero Scholarship Open for Applications

A scholarship in the amount of $2,222.22 will be awarded on Veteran’s Day 2015 to a family member of a fallen hero of the Armed Forces who emulates Luc’s spirit and tenacity for life.

  1. To apply for the scholarship:
    Complete this brief application form.
  2.  Create a 2-5 minute video that:
    1. Captures your spirit and ambition for life
    2. Describes how you plan to use this award to help you to “Live Like Luc”
    3. Explains how you plan to use the award for self-development and to benefit the community
  3. Email the application and video to:

Applications and videos are due by: October 11,2015 for the November 11,2015 award

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Scholarship Winner Announcement

MLGLF is pleased to announce the winner of our July 2015 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Scholarship.

Christopher Shank from Huntsville, Texas.

Christopher is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is writing a screenplay about his personal journey since the death of his brother Cpl. Jeremy Shank US Army who died in Iraq. Christopher is also training for a marathon in Hawaii, which he is running in his brother’s honor. Thank you Christopher for being so awesome! Thanks to the supporters of our Foundation that make it possible to assist wonderful men and women like Christopher achieve their dreams and Live like Luc!

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Luc’s Run 2015 is a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this years run so amazing. In addition to several hundred local runners, we had virtual runners participate in the run from many locations around the world including:

South Carolina
United Kingdom
Rio De Janeiro
and more…

Luc’s local run in Tuolumne California was great fun. People traveled from near and far. An exciting anticipation grew under the beautiful blue sky as the run began. Luc’s presence was felt. People were having fun sporting their awesome T-shirts. The energy was contagious, and some “on-lookers” decided to run too! The scenic race route started in a community of cheering local residents and proceeded downhill through peaceful pastures with a challenging hot uphill climb through the historic streets of Tuolumne City. CHP and fire departments were there in full support to keep runners safe. Our runners were moms, dads, kids, college students, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, grandparents, pilots, teachers, contractors, retirees, family and friends. Happy finishers. A raffle and Luc’s store topped off the day. Many thanks to our volunteers and sponsors who made Luc’s Run 2015 possible.
What a great feeling to have everyone taking part in Luc’s Legacy! Live like Luc!

Luc’s Run 2016 coming soon!



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Luc’s Run : 24-Hours Left to Register Online!

Online registration for Luc’s Run at will close on Wednesday May 27th. Local runners can still register at the Black Oak Casino hotel on Friday, May 29th from 5-7pm or May 30th at 7am at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Can’t wait to see you all and/or see photos from our virtual runners!

Virtual runners will receive an email after registration closes with the details on how to submit your times.

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Photo Exhibit

Luc Captures a Legacy

The Photography of Major Lucas Gruenther

Opening Reception is at the Steve Leontie Photography Gallery, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 23, 4PM.  All proceeds benefit the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation.  Can’t make it to the local gallery…check back for more details for an online photo exhibit, or subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll notify you when it’s online.

Show Runs:
May 23 – August 22, 2015
Hours: Friday 5-9Pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

22997 Joaquin Gully Road
Twain Harte, CA 95383

Luc Captures a Legacy Luc Captures A Legacy Postcard


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2nd Annual Luc’s Run open for Registration

Luc's Run

The second annual Luc’s Run will be held May 30th, 2015 at Tuolumne Memorial Park, Tuolumne, CA. All proceeds will go to the Major Lucas Gruenther Legacy Foundation. This year there will be two runs, a 2-Mile Run will start at 8:00am and a 6-Mile Run will start at 9:00am.


Would you like to participate but won’t be able to attend? Register as a virtual runner, we will mail you a shirt and after you complete the run send us your time and we will post your results online at

For more details about this year’s run visit


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2015 Live Like Luc Climbathon

Happy New Year! Hope it’s been a good start.

Unfortunately, it’s actually a bitter-sweet time of year for some. A New Year to count your blessings, set new goals and forget past regrets; but for those who have had some big losses, it can also be hard. For Luc’s family and, those who new Luc, it is nearing the two year anniversary of when we lost one of our finest. However, we know that he would want us to turn even that upside down to make the best of it. To do that, we are excited to announce the 2015 Live Like Luc Climbathon in Red Rocks, NV. The fundraiser, to culminate with as much climbing as possible on 7 March, is a great way to show Luc’s family we care and give to those who could use a hand of encouragement to better themselves, their community, our country and, ultimately, humankind. Luc would be happy to know that his shining example helped make that happen. Please consider giving and supporting a great cause. See details at the link below, feel free to share and watch for updates.

Luc Climbing

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2014 Magredi Mountain Trail Run

On 3 Oct “Bama” Sweeney, Holley Sweeney, “Dok” Hertzel and a relay team from Aviano departed Vivaro, Italy on a 100mi journey on foot through some of the most beautiful mountains in Northern Italy. The 100mi race would take them 33-37hrs running day and night through very steep and rugged terrain. Last year Bama and Holley ran the race with two relay teams in honor of Luc and finished the race with Cassy, Serene, and a bunch of friends from the local community. This year’s course was much more difficult than last year because an extra mountain was added in the middle of the run which added a little over 6,000 feet making the total elevation gain a little over 25,000 feet! The race director, Max Bello, wanted to dedicate the race again this year to Luc. Just like last year there was a toast to Luc 15min before the race. There was a banner that was hung in the center of Maniago that said “Intermediate finish line in honor of Lucas Gruenther.” It was very moving running through Maniago and under the banner. The race director was there in Maniago to pay tribute to Luc and also to check the teams’ progress.

This year there were over two times as many athletes that signed up for the race making up over 170 total participants. It felt almost like Luc joined the relay team in Maniago and pulled them through the last half of the race which had two very tough climbs. Dan Baker and his friend Mike joined the team in Maniago for one of the steep climbs. The majority of the participants lost steam during the second half of the race and dropped out of the race. In the end over half of the racers did not finish, but the participants from Aviano pressed on and finished strong! During the last leg of the relay the team grew 14 strong and ran to the finish line! Just like last year numerous people set personal records for running distance.

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Salinas Air Show Thunderbird Performance to be dedicated to Gaza

Mark your calendars! This year at the Salinas Air Show (September 27 & 28)  the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s Premier Jet Demonstration Team will be dedicating their performance to Major Lucas “GAZA” Gruenther through their Fallen Warrior Program.

Click on the link below to find out more information about the Salinas Air Show and the Air Force Thunderbirds.
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