2015 Never Quit Challenge 300 - Phoenix Patriot Foundation
Race day on February 28th meant a lot to each of us indvidually and collectively our ethos and mission was set on Veterans Helping Veterans and remembering our fallen. These kind of activities help us engage with a positive diretion and community support to benefit all of the Phoenix Patrtiot Foundation out reach NQC programs.
Preparing our Veteran Race Teams: Our NQC Team prepared professionally for this race with a unqiue attitude. We had strategy, design, equipment, safety, uniformity, hazmat and fire solutions along with a vetted team of combat wounded, veterans, Gold Star Family participation and support and a strong crew of volunteers. Although we did not train on our Pit Crew needs 'action wise', likewise we did not train our team racers to 'Pit or Refuel', we were ready to take on 7 times the amount of responsibility by sheer will and inspiration of the men we were working on behalf. This required unique altruistic indidviduals to step forward. We had an operational manual and we came together the early morning of the Mark Hahn 300 Memorial PWC Race in Lake Havasu Arizona on February 28th and we enjoyed a fast 15 minute briefing for all involved, then we broke out into our sections and each group attacked their respective role responsibily with no oversight or guidance needed. Our crew came from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, California and Texas. We operated under a foundation of honor, respect and humility in service to others and for our fallen KIA namesakes on our race boatsThat was the extent of our team training. We brought comunities together. We believe that it is far more life altering for the individual and the team to be non-competitive within the ranks and to simply merge 'heart and soul' into an ethos of one unified team, this is the meaning of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Jet Ski Program. We were there to support one another, lead by example, set the example, be the example and to have fun. That's all we did and everything we expected of one another. Here are some of our work up solutions. Our Esprit de Corps was the reward we were seeking and our success was measured by the comraderie and effect when we put everything into motion. Our stressors were sevenfold and significant at times. Our Pit crew managed 7 race teams. This has never been done before at this race and we hope that others would enjoy learning from our example and appreciate greatly their experience at these type of challenging adventure races by advancing their level of professionalism and care in regard to safety and preparation. Our racers competed on #Kawasaki Ultra LX and 310#JETSKI personal watercraft. We had a pit crew of 11 persons that were capable of merging into 3 distinct crews to service 3 of our race teams at one time. We had 3 Pit vehicles and trailers, we did have issues with being able to stage at the event logistically with such a large team for the pit exchanges. We only had one pit lane to work with instead of 7 and honestly that is all we needed to get the job done. We thank those who helped us along the way, we appreciate your support! -Shawn Alladio/K38 VINI VIDI VICE #PhoenixPatriotFoundation #Jetski #Program#charity#CombatWounded #Veterans #Ethos#EspritDeCorps#dedication #Sacrifice#GoldStarFamily #KIA #Memorial#HaveFun #Respect#Inspiration #LiquidMilitiaClothing#Hydroturf