Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 – February 2021
The Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 is the world's longest running winter ultra-marathon. The pinnacle of all winter ultra-marathons, the ITI 1000 takes competitors through the far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness, following the Iditarod Trail to its conclusion under the famed burled arch in Nome, Alaska. Competitors have 30 days to race 1,000 miles across some of the world's most treacherous terrain in hospitable conditions.
Every year on the Iditarod Trail is different and conditions change in the blink of an eye during the journey. ITI 1000 competitors face temperatures from -50F to 35F, gale force winds, rain, blizzards, waist-deep snow, mud, glare ice and bright sunny skies - all in the same day. Navy veteran and ultramarathon runner, Keith Eckert, sponsored Guardian Revival for the 2021 ITI 1000. Keith raised $100K for Guardian Revival during this event.
Born and raised in Chandler, AZ, Keith grew up playing sports year-round and at an early age, discovered his passion for helping others. Keith went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and was a Division I collegiate wrestler before commissioning in the U.S. Navy. After serving, Keith began competing in ultramarathons and ultra swims, completing some of the world's most challenging races, including the Old Goat 50 miler, Javelina 100 miler (2x), Cold Water 100 miler, Last Man Standing 100 miler, Bigfoot 200 miler, Moab 240 miler, and the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 miler. Rather than just compete for personal achievement, Keith manages to also raise thousands of dollars to support causes that align with his values.
9/11 Memorial Bike Ride– July 2021
On July 17th, Navy Veterans Matt Hansen & Keith Eckert departed the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan and journeyed 1,300 miles on bike to honor those guardians who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Along their journey they passed the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, PA, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial in Yardley, PA. Keith & Matt raised over $100K for Guardian Revival throughout this event.
Sporting Clays Fundraiser – May 2021
What a great turnout we had at our first annual sporting clays fundraiser. We had over 120 supporters show up and raised over $15K throughout the day. Special thanks to Don Tapert for his live performance. We will see you all next year for another great event!