ABOUT JAMES

"Move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier."

The FIGHT HARDER Team

The awesome people behind this effort ... and their motto.

  • James Creedon

    I'm the runner

    Rangers lead the way!

  • Eliza Creedon

    My Direct Support

    Be a doer, not a sayer.

  • Emmett & Amelia

    My Auxiliary Support

    Run, Dad, run!

METRICS

Every step, every supporter, and every cup of coffee counts.

668

MILES RUN

97

CONVERSATIONS

113

CUPS OF COFFEE

217

THUMBS UP

Invictus


It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

MY UPDATES

Running, talking, thinking and building to finish fast and finish strong.

  • Official Press Release

    ARMY VETERAN JAMES CREEDON RUNS TO SUPPORT TRANSITIONING VETERANS

    James Creedon, Army Veteran, is one of only fifty Americans selected to run in the Grand-to-Grand Ultra, a 170-mile, 6-day self-supported stage race on foot through the Grand Canyon from September 24 – 30, 2017.  James, an Army officer and graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, is running to call attention to the needs of transitioning veterans and to raise funds for the charitable organization GallantFew (www.gallantfew.org).
    Creedon started training in September 2016 directly after completing his first 50-kilometer trail race.   James plans to endure more than 500 hours of training to properly prepare for the unexpected challenges of the Grand-to-Grand Ultra.  “This is my first time attempting a self-supported stage race” says Creedon.  “The entire journey of this Grand-to-Grand challenge will speak to many aspects a soldier faces while transitioning from the military to include emotional, spiritual, and physical fitness. I hope to bring light to the struggles Veterans face and let them know there are avenues for help if needed.”
    James Creedon’s training journey takes him through many hours of street and trail running, a mountain 50K in April, a 50-mile race in June and a self-hosted trail marathon series near his home in McKinney, Texas. Creedon’s updates and fundraiser information is held at www.fightharder.org.
    Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew says, “For real, lasting change in the challenges facing veterans, local communities have to take responsibility for reintegrating veterans to the community.  The more our communities understand about the five points of Veteran fitness the better they will be able to assist Veteran’s as they transition home. Volunteers like James are critical to educating and motivating people in their communities.”
    It is 37 percent more likely for Global War on Terror Veterans to be unemployed than a person who never served and 22 Veterans take their lives every day. By providing peer support and access to health services GallantFew is doing its part to assist our veterans/address the unmet needs and lower these statistics facing our Veterans.
    To support James on his journey you can go to, https://www.fightharder.org or contact GallantFew’s Candyss Bryant at cbryant@gallantfew.org.
  • Araby



    Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.

         Araby by James Joyce, 1914


    I am a hero for running this race. I am important because I am doing something important. I am making a difference that someone else isn't. I am running faster than he is. I am more fit than she is. I am an ultra-marathoner and better than other runners. I am a special person. I am living a deeper life. I am unique. 

         My brain by me, 2017



    Yesterday I went for a training run on the trails near my house, and was struck by how empty the park was. No one to compete against on the trail. No one to see me running with my cool shoes and awesome shirt. No one to stretch in front of after all my hard work. And no one I could say "watch me!" to in hopes of feeling validation. It was me, the woods, and some strenuous labor that no one knew about or cared about. And it was great.

    The "liturgy of egoism" in my head tells me that I have to be better than someone else, and that the most important part of being better is seeming to be better. Who can I tell about my big race? How can I hint that I'm running hard (even when I'm not) in hopes of being the center of attention?

    The moment I was alone in the woods, the quote above from Araby clicked into my head. I am a creature driven and derided by vanity, selfish and egotistical, seeking to bend the world to be about me. And, indeed, my eyes did burn with anguish and anger. I took a few miles to berate myself, walk through the life creed I devised a few years ago line by line, and take the lesson to heart.

    This race is about one thing -- helping the men and women who struggle far harder than I do every day and don't have a platform to share it or even the desire to publicize their efforts. The money and the awareness we raise is critical to making their lives better, and the lives of those around them. The very reason they deserve this assistance so much is because they aren't like me.

    So time to dig deep and Fight Harder. I'm going to redouble my efforts to gather donations and support, and I hope you'll help me by sharing this site far and wide. Not for me, but for all the people GallantFew can help with your assistance.
  • What is a Stage Race?

    Interested in finding out more about stage races and the Grand-to-Grand Ultra? Check out this new article about the race, the personalities, and the challenges I get to face in September!

    http://trailrunnermag.com/people/culture/stage-race.html

  • Pushing through

    Great running today, thanks to an awesome family and beautiful weather. As I was out on the trail, I began thinking about the purpose of this run: to call attention to the needs of transitioning veterans and to raise funds to support them. This really came to mind as I was heading through a difficult portion of the trail and felt my energy flagging -- this is what it means when they say "it's a marathon, not a sprint." Our servicemembers have to address a number of obstacles as they come out of the military, and surely some days they are just sick of it and need a rest. Good motivation for me to stick with it, and something I wanted to pass on to my supporters to help you with your moments of low energy.

    One last thought: I've been thinking about running the race in standard Army-issue gear. Almost anyone will tell you to get these trail shoes, that bag, those special tools, etc. But our men and women in uniform complete the mission with the tools they are given -- perhaps I could carry that message home running with an Army ruck, eating MRE's, using the Army sleep system, and so on. Any thoughts? Please leave me some feedback in the comments, and thank you for your support on this adventure.
  • Get Ready -- GO! GO! GO!

    When deciding whether to attend the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, many servicemembers ask themselves "will I really be able to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" The very fear of the final goal keeps many good men and women from stepping forward for this school. What they don't know is that, by the time you get to the airplane, jumping is the easiest thing in the world.

    Ranger School has the same mental barrier: "will I be able to go that long without sleep? without food? on my feet?" The fear of the obstacles prevents the servicemember from taking the first step, and they never get a chance to face this challenge-of-challenges.

    The Grand-to-Grand Ultra is, by far, the biggest and longest race I've ever attempted. I can't promise I'll finish in record time, or even finish at all. I can't assure anyone that I know what every stage will bring, or begin to explain how I'll overcome every difficulty I'm sure to encounter. I do know, however, that my fellow veterans have overcome far greater challenges: recovering from physical or emotional injury, returning to civilian life after decades in the military, or taking risks to make their lives better even if they don't have the final plan worked out.

    GallantFew recognizes that no one can predict every single step on the road to transition, but stands ready to provide guidance, offer support, and inspire confidence that every challenge is surmountable by those with the will to struggle. I will keep in mind those who have achieved much greater things than I can ever hope as I "put one foot in front of the other" this September.

    Thanks to all for your support and encouragement.
  • Sponsors for Fight Harder

    Fight Harder couldn't happen without the generosity and ongoing support of our sponsors, who provide funds and in-kind donations to support our run, benefit GallantFew, and ensure that our transitioning veterans receive the assistance they deserve!




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  • Never shall I fail my comrades

    Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight, and I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.
    In times of uncertainty, doubt, or confusion, the Ranger Creed provides a touchstone to rely on. Every graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School knows it well, as do members of the Army's storied 75th Ranger Regiment. 
    The third stanza, written above, is a reminder that every Ranger has a duty to every other servicemember. Whether we are overseas, in training, or out of the military, the duties of the Creed remain. GallantFew understands this:
    GallantFew’s mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.

    We do this by creating and supporting a nationwide network of successfully transitioned veterans that engage locally with new veterans with the same military background now going through transition and by motivating communities all over the nation to take responsibility for veterans returning; welcoming, connecting, and including.

    We believe this will prevent veteran unemployment, homelessness and suicide.
    We fail our comrades when we let them struggle without assistance, or when we ignore their issues to focus on our own. GallantFew works tirelessly to honor the Ranger Creed and to provide valuable services, time and energy to these men and women. It is a privilege to run for such a great organization.



  • MY GOALS

    6 days of racing with 6 goals in mind.

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