It’s no secret that the SOF community is huge on physical fitness.  The training pipelines are brutal, the daily PT regimens are physically taxing. (Never go on a “fun” run with a PJ… it inevitably turns into a freaking marathon.) All that body armor, weapons and ammo  does weigh a few pounds, after all. Inside this community you will find men with ridiculous athletic ability, performing awesome feats of strength and endurance on a daily basis. G5CXX5UDWNX9

Which brings us to Air Force PJ Davide Keaton.

Keaton is running in this year’s insane  Leadville trail 100 run, a 100 mile ultra-marathon across heinous Colorado Rockies terrain taking place August 18th. He is raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides education funds to the children of those killed in training or combat missions.

Keaton first got involved in SOW foundation back in 2008, after some of his teammates were lost during combat operations. Last year, he and his partners managed to raise over $32,000 for the foundation, while making it over 60 miles through the timed event. Determined to go even further this year, Keaton told me he was running in honor of fellow PJs and good friends Dan Zerbe and John Brown, and Combat Controller Andy Harvell, all lost in the Chinook shot down last year.