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Record 24-Hour Run Raises Funds for Operation Enduring Warrior

cadets running in front of barracks

Starting May 11, 2023, at 9 a.m., Ethan Carpenter ’23 set out to do what only a few had done before him: Run around the Parade Ground for 24 hours straight as a fundraiser in support of Operation Enduring Warrior, a nonprofit dedicated to helping wounded military and law enforcement veterans. The next morning, he completed that goal, logging 125 laps and more than 70 miles while raising more than $3,300 in the process. With that last lap, Carpenter, from Chesterfield County, Virginia, did more laps than any cadet who had completed this 24-hour feat before him. Fellow cadets, his mom, and other dedicated supporters joined him on numerous laps. As Carpenter wrapped up, he thanked all those who supported him through running, social media comments, and donations. “It’s been amazing. I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about some amazing people,” he said. After a well-deserved nap, Carpenter prepared for his upcoming graduation with a degree in psychology and his commission as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army.—VMI Photo by Lexie West.

  • Michelle Ellwood VMI Communications & Marketing