Mission Statement:

The Big Red Challenge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports veterans in the transition to civilian life through Challenge, Service, and Community.

How do we accomplish our mission?

CHALLENGE:
•The Big Red Challenge Obstacle Course Race creates an opportunity for veterans and civilians to come together and challenge themselves.

SERVICE:
•In order to provide service to veterans, proceeds from the BRC Obstacle Course Race will go to partner organizations that provide direct services that align with BRC’s key pillars.

COMMUNITY:
•The race has created a community of runners, veterans, volunteers, veteran organizations and business partners. Challenge and service create the strongest bonds and our community is proof.


The Problem:

Veterans know purpose – DON’T LET THEM LOSE IT. Veterans are offered support services to readjust to civilian life in the form of: Education, Money, Housing, Medical Care, etc. But personal connections are what have the greatest impact…Challenge, Service, and Community.

The Cause:

  • We all need a challenge to face, in challenge we find our life purpose.
  • The challenge of military service provided Veterans with the key components necessary to live a fulfilled life.
  • When they return home, they are still looking for challenge, but without it problems arise as they transition to civilian life.
  • When Veterans become one with that purpose and challenge – it defines them.
  • Being Challenged, Serving others, belonging to a Community.

The Solution:

To fund our mission, help bring awareness to veterans and honor their service, we have created an annual military-style obstacle course race called The Big Red Challenge.

The race is a symbol for challenge. We challenge people to run, serve, and step outside their comfort zones in every aspect of life. Challenge requires service. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves gives life purpose. Challenge and service build the strongest communities. We all need a team to be a part of.

Veterans and active duty can register for a discounted price and veteran organizations are able to host a booth at our expo for a discount as well (limited space available). The race creates the funds necessary to make our dream a reality.

Ultimately, we hope our event creates a day to celebrate and honor those who protect us at home and abroad.

A portion of the net proceeds from BRC 2020 will go towards a local veteran organization.

BRC 2019 by the Numbers:

  • 909 runners from ages 5 to 72 (233 of them veterans) coming together to challenge themselves, making connections, and celebrating and honoring our veterans.
  • 12 local veteran organizations gain exposure and make connections.
  • 2 names of fallen service members featured on our dog tag finisher medals.
  • 14 story boards remembering the fallen.
  • $2,000 Fellowship awarded through the Military & Veteran Success Center at UNL.
  • $600 donated to Operation Enduring Warrior.
  • $460 raised for Operation Enduring Warrior during the pushup contest.

Thank you to everyone who came out for Big Red Challenge 2019!

BRC 2018 by the Numbers:

  • Big Red Challenge 2018 had 1,050 runners with 404 of them being Veterans or Active Duty.
  • 242 Registration fees paid for Veterans and Active Duty to run free.
  • $1,600 given back to the Marine Corps League – Cornhusker Detachment.
  • 11 Veteran groups set up shop at our expo free of charge.
  • 6 names of fallen service members featured on our dog tag finisher medals.
  • 12 fallen service members’s stories displayed at the expo.
  • $850 raised during Operation Enduring Warrior’s push up contest.

Thank you to everyone who came out for Big Red Challenge 2018!

BRC 2017 by the Numbers:

  • Big Red Challenge 2017 had over 1,100 runners with 500 of them being Veterans or Active Duty.
  • 500 Registration fees paid for Veterans and Active Duty to run free.
  • $1,000 given back to the Marine Corps League – Cornhusker Detachment.
  • 8 Veteran groups set up shop at our expo free of charge.
  • 6 names of fallen service members featured on our dog tag finisher medals.
  • 6 fallen service members’s stories displayed at the expo.
  • $1,500 raised during Operation Enduring Warrior’s push up contest.

Thank you to everyone who came out for Big Red Challenge 2017!

 


Other Initiatives:

Legislative Bill 740
Big Red Challenge teamed up with Senator Colby Coash to help get in-state tuition for all veterans and their family members