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!
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:
Rio De Janeiro
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!
Online registration for Luc’s Run at lucsrun.com 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.
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.
May 23 – August 22, 2015
Hours: Friday 5-9Pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
22997 Joaquin Gully Road
Twain Harte, CA 95383
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 www.lucsrun.com.
For more details about this year’s run visit www.lucsrun.com.
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.
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.
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.
Luc’s legacy lives on through the first recipient of the Lucas Gruenther Memorial fund, Summerville High School graduate Morgan Murry. This first scholarship was open to graduating seniors at Summerville High School, Luc’s alma mater. Applicants submitted a 2-8 minute video that captured their spirit and ambition for life and that also depicted how they plan to use this award to help them “Live Like Luc”. Ms. Murry received a scholarship in the amount of $2222.22.
Scholarship winner Morgan Murry with Cassy & Serene
Morgan plans to attend the California Maritime Academy and through her application video it was apparent she emulates Luc’s spirit and tenacity for life. Congrats Morgan, and best of luck!!! Watch her video below.
Read Morgan’s excitement about receiving the award below:
“Hi, my name is Morgan Murry and I am a graduating senior at Summerville High. This week I was thrilled and extremely humbled to be awarded the 2014 Lucas Gruenther Memorial Scholarship. I know that so many people both young and old, family, friends, fellow service members, and even complete strangers have poured out their hearts to make this scholarshippossible, as a tribute to an absolutely amazing person. Lucas Gruenther was a loving person, awesome pilot, adventurous at heart, and completely dedicated to being all that he could be. Luc lived an amazing life, and his adventures were not limited to the F-16’s he flew.
I was one of the students who had the chance to sit in the Summerville High Auditorium and listen to Luc when he give an incredibly motivating talk after he had just returned from Afghanistan; Luc encouraged us to live like champions, and I hope to do that.
As part of the scholarship process we created videos that shared our character, spirit, and tenacity for life, along with our future plans. I wanted to participate in this chance to honor Luc, and say that he was an inspiration to many Summerville students like me. The video was also a chance for me to look back at my life, look ahead at my future and focus on being a champion like Luc was. Here is a copy of the short video I submitted.
This challenge to live like Luc is something that I cannot complete alone, but like a runner in a relay race I plan to do my part. I am excited to be headed to the California Maritime Academy this fall, where I will study Marine Transportation, and plan to earn my USCG Deck Officer ratings allowing me to pilot super tankers and other large vessels across the world’s oceans. This scholarship will be VERY helpful towards that goal, and I want to say – THANK YOU!
Luc Gruenther lived an amazing life, and I hope to do the same. Thanks again for assisting me to pursue my dreams and for the privilege to honor a great man. My family and I send our deepest appreciation and respect to Luc’s family, friends, and fellow adventure seekers. Luc will be remembered.
With deepest respect and gratitude,
Senior Summerville High Class of 2014″
The first annual memorial fun run will take place on March 29, 2014 at Tuolumne Memorial Park. For all the details and registration instructions check out the Memorial Fun Run tab.