‘I Can’t Quit’: Why One Wounded Army Vet is Running a Marathon to Benefit USO Alaska


Video by Sandi Moynihan and Eric Brandner
Video editing by Sandi Moynihan

May 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Josh Revak always wanted to run his hometown’s signature race. But a 2006 injury in Iraq left him wondering if he’d be able to run again at all. The former Army tanker was severely wounded and nearly lost his right foot during a 2006 deployment to Iraq. Unable to be active on his salvaged foot, Revak put his marathon dreams behind him — until now.

Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, Revak dreamed of running Grandma’s Marathon, a race that’s finish line was near his front door. On June 18 – thanks to a a special, custom-made orthotic he received last year – he’ll finally get his chance. And he’s doing it to benefit USO Alaska, an organization he shares a unique bond with, dating back to the days after his injury. Watch the video to hear Josh’s story.


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