Run for the Warriors finishes strong for its sixth straight year

The 2015 ASA Run for the Warriors® 5K attracted 551 participants Sunday,

The 2015 ASA Run for the Warriors® 5K attracted 551 registrants Sunday.

The second largest contingent of participants in the event’s history got up before the sun to participate in the 2015 ASA Run for the Warriors® 5K — at the very same place the run/walk began six years ago. A total of 551 individuals registered, second only to the 569 counted in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Since 2010, the event has been coordinated through a partnership with Hope For The Warriors®, an organization that provides comprehensive support programs for post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families.

ASA President J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D., acknowledged San Diego as the location of the very first Run for the Warriors event, but also the greater purpose of the individuals collected there.

“I hope you all have a great run, but remember that the reason we’re doing this is to provide services and support for our veteran community so they can get the care and support they deserve,” Dr. Abenstein said.

Jeb Kucik, M.D., Director of the ASA’s Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists, also expressed his appreciation for those assembled at the event.

“Our 98 percent survival rate is unprecedented, but that means those survivors are going to need a lot of care for a lot of years. Thank you all for what you’re doing … for our wounded veterans and our wounded warriors,” Dr. Kucik said.

The 2015 run/walk was a huge success for all involved, and we’re proud to recognize the event’s individual winners and the current top donor groups:


  • First Place: Michael Vargo, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 18:18
  • Second Place: Braden Hestermann, San Antonio, Texas, 18:38
  • Third Place: Andrew Viscusi, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 18:47


  • First Place: Theresa Crowgey, Durham, North Carolina, 21:31
  • Second Place: Allison Ross, Durham, North Carolina, 22:33
  • Third Place: Jen Pukish, Alexandria, Virginia, 22:51

The top five group fundraisers were (as of Sunday):

  • Duke Anesthesia: $8,433
  • Mayo Clinic: $2,405
  • UAB Anesthesia: $2,375
  • US Anesthesia Partners: $1,100
  • Team NAPA: $750

A complete list of individual race results and donation activity can be found at ASA’s page on the Hope For The Warriors website.

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