SUCCESS! ON AUGUST 8, 2015 KATHRYN FINISHED HER 850 MILE JOURNEY AT THE EAGLE’S NEST! CURRAHEE!
From June 6 until August 8, 2015, Kathryn Lindquist of Silt, Colorado, ran 850 miles from the beaches of Normandy, France to the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, Germany. The purpose of her run, called Run For Currahee, was to raise awareness and support for Camp Toccoa at Currahee, which aims to preserve the training grounds of World War II units, including the famed Band of Brothers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, that originated in Toccoa, GA. Lindquist became the first person to successfully complete the route on foot.
Camp Toccoa at Currahee was founded to preserve the legacy of the four Airborne regiments that originated in Toccoa, including the famous Band of Brothers, by celebrating their contributions, honoring veterans, promoting well-being through athletic competition, protecting the historic site and its natural environment, and constructing facilities for hands-on public education.
Run For Currahee started on June 6, at 1430 in Sainte-Mère-Église, France, and took Lindquist across the width of France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, before culminating with a climb through the Bavarian Alps to the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, where many American soldiers saw the War come to an end.
“Currahee” was the battle cry of Easy Company. It is the Cherokee name for the mountain that, through running daily, helped turn men into soldiers. It means to “stand alone, together.” Let’s stand together, united in this dream and cause.
Jim “Pee Wee” Martin (G/506), Camp Toccoa, World War II and Normandy Veteran – “This young lady has my support. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the details of her effort. The Camp Toccoa at Currahee project is one that I am hoping to be able to see come to completion. What a tribute to we boys of the Airborne! My best best wishes to Kathryn. I will be following her effort closely over the coming months.”
Brenda Carlan, Executive Director, Currahee Military Museum and Camp Toccoa at Currahee – “Patriotism and support, Kathryn Lindquist is a very young adult that gets it. The young paratroopers that trained at Camp Toccoa during World War II set the bar very high for leadership. It is our job to keep their stories alive and provide a place where all kinds can experience their ‘Legacy of Leadership.’ We are honored that Kathryn is offering her talent and passion for running to help us attain this goal.”