Military recruits prior to departure to recruit training, are encouraged to begin the process of physical fitness and conditioning months prior to the departure date. These courageous, young men and women have volunteered to join the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, or Coast Guard during the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, some of these recruits come from households that lack the financial means to provide basic running shoes that would enable them to start an effective training program.

In the past, recruiters have pooled enough money from their personal budgets to purchase a few pairs of shoes for the most needy recruits. These recruiters donate from their families’ budgets to assist these courageous recruits, even though the military pay scale is far below a typical civilian pay scale. I have personally witnessed recruits attempting to complete a 1.5 mile training run in shoes that would likely be disposed of by many household. When I inquired about the shoes, one recruit answered “This is the only pair of shoes I have sir”.

** Submitted requests will be acknowledged by email within 1 week of submission.

Shoe Request Form

  • The purpose of this form is to request one (1) pair of running shoe for the listed Recruit for use while part of the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) prior to departure for boot camp/basic training. The Recruit nor that individual's family have the financial means to provide the necessary footwear during this period to allow the Recruit to properly train prior to the departure date.

    If you have any questions, you can contact:
    Tom Hughes
    (720) 291-2607
    tom.hughes at comcast [dot] net

  •   Male
      Female
  • I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not run unless I am medically able and in physical condition. I hereby certify that I am in good health and assume all risks associated with running including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my request, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the One World Running organization, its officers, directors, agents, volunteers and employees, all states, cities, countries or other governmental bodies or locations in which requests are originated, all sponsors, their representatives and successors, from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this activity even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any statements, photographs, recordings, or any other record of this request for any legitimate purpose.

    I certify that the information and statements provided are true to the best of my knowledge. I acknowledge that the submission of this request does not guarantee the Recruit will receive a pair of running shoes, and if a pair of shoes is provided that these may not be new.

    If the Recruit is under the age of 18 (minor), the parents or guardians must acknowledge the request being made and waiver above. For minors, a parent or guardian must enter their name below, otherwise the Recruit must enter their name acknowledging the waiver.