GallantFew’s Patriot Challenge is a nationwide veteran transition advocacy and community fitness event. Each February, the military community and civilian patriots join together for Patriot Challenge to support and raise funds GallantFew's mission. Patriot Challenge also provides participants the opportunity to help other national and local military and veteran support initiatives.
Patriot Challenge began ten years ago when Army Ranger Cory Smith ran 565 miles from Fort Benning, Georgia, to his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the hope of bringing awareness to challenges facing transitioning service members. Moved by Cory's determination to raise awareness, GallantFew established the awareness and fitness event, Run Ranger Run, now called Patriot Challenge. Run Ranger Run (now Patriot Challenge) grew in participants across our great nation for eight consecutive years.
As a salute to our first patriot, Cory, our inaugural Patriot Challenge teams will continue the Run Ranger Run tradition of logging 565 combined activity miles in February 2022!
Run, walk, bike, climb, skate or lift. If you can move, you can be a PATRIOT!
EVERY penny raised during Patriot Challenge directly supports the world-class transition and reintegration services GallantFew provides to our veteran community. Patriot Challenge is the means to our cause: serving our nation's heroes.
Patriot Challenge Chairperson
Sandy Williams is an Air Force veteran with a rich family history of military service. Shortly after her son separated from service with the 75th Ranger Regiment, he lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle accident.
Looking for an outlet to volunteer her time and honor her son, Sandy began participating in GallantFew's annual February fundraiser. For the past three years, Sandy has been a leader in the military community advocating for veterans and fundraising for GallantFew. Recently retired from Shell Oil Company, Sandy is now ready for her next challenge serving as the 10th-anniversary chairperson of Patriot Challenge 2022.
An Iowa native, Sandy served as an administrative clerk at Nellis AFB and Utapao AFB Thailand and was discharged from the Air Force in 1975.
Sandy has raised three daughters and a son and has been married to Kevin for 16 years.
GallantFew is generously supported by these patriotic organizations: