Team Never Forgotten athletes range from casual competitors to experienced ultra-marathoners. One thing that they all have in common is a passionate committment to serving those who have served us.
Mike is an Illinois Army National Guard Veteran that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from late 2004 until early 2006. He has participated in events that include mountain bike racing, adventure style racing (Taming of the Slough), a 50 mile ultra-marathon as well as finishing in the top 5%of participants in the Wisconsin Tough Mudder in 2012.
"Through the camaraderie and fellowship of the military I have learned that serving is a commitment to others that does not end with your service contract. It is this specific commitment to others that gives me a greater drive. It really helps that I can do what I love while giving others the motivation to get out and try things that test their limits while raising awareness and funds for veterans needs along the way." -Mike
Flynn was an IL National Guard veteran that served operation Iraqi Freedom from late 2004 to early 2006.
With an unquenchable thirst for adventure he competed in an impressively large variety of events including road biking (TOMRV), mountain biking (I74 series, FORC), road racing (CBRC, Iowa Relay, Quad Cities Distance Classic, Quad Cities Relay, Bix 7), trail racing (Northface Endurance Challenge Wisconsin 50mi, Dances with Dirt 50mi Hells mi, Potawatomi 150 mile ultra, Leadville 100 mile ultra), adventure racing (Taming of the Slough, Exterra Adventure tri peoria IL), and obstacle racing (Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder WI).
Flynn was a motivator to all. He fought for veterans and everyone around him. His overriding goal was to help everyone succeed in the goals to which they aspired and was willing to give them a lift (literally) in the right direction if needed.
Flynn passed away in August of 2013. The remaining members of TNF carry his memory in our hearts and will do our best to honor him.
Nathan, a Marine Corps veteran, has competed in events including marathons, 50 and 100 mile ultra-marathons, Ironman triathlon and the Tough Mudder.
He believes that people are capable of amazing feats of strength and endurance when armed with faith in their abilities. Or, as more elqoquently stated by Norman Vincent Peal:
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.