Introducing Team USO for the 2023 Boston Marathon®
Four runners will represent Team USO at the 2023 Boston Marathon® on April 17, 2023, including an Army veteran and an active-duty sailor. The runners have their sights on raising more than $100,000 for the USO. The funds raised will assist the USO in achieving its mission of keeping service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.
Senior Chief Robert Bruce joined the United States Navy in 2011 under the Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) Seaman Program. His first deployment was on the USS Pearl Harbor where he served as a Deck Seaman from 2011-14. Senior Chief Bruce has risen through the ranks and is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader at his current post. Through his years of service, Senior Chief Bruce has experienced what the USO has to offer service members and their families.
He stated, “My family and I have been forever impacted by the kindness and generosity of the USO team and all of the selfless volunteers who enable the USO to do such amazing work!”
Krysta Cass graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 and served nearly seven years in the Army as an Engineer Officer. Krysta completed three deployments to the Middle East and earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.
After leaving the military, Krysta earned degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program and Yale School of Management. She has more than 12 years of professional experience in strategy and operations in a variety of industries. Krysta also launched a women’s specialty shoe company, She is Cheval, and is an advisory board member for USO New England.
Allison Hayes is a USO volunteer whose passion for supporting service members stems from her grandparents. Both of Allison’s grandfathers served in the Navy during WWII, and she grew up listening to their stories and reveling in their experiences. She has been with the USO for more than a year and is currently volunteering at Submarine Base New London.
“I have seen the direct impact that the USO has made on people both through my volunteer work at the USO, and personally via friends,” said Allison.
In her free time, Allison loves to stay active and run. She has completed nine half marathons and is excited to represent the USO at the Boston Marathon®.
Paige Khosla is a lifelong runner and native New Englander who has always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon®. She has completed five marathons and more than 25 half marathons. Paige’s grandfather and uncle served in the military, and she is deeply grateful for the men and women who serve their nation.
“I cannot adequately express the appreciation I feel that there continue to be Americans who choose to protect and defend the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dear,” said Paige.
Paige is eager to conquer her next marathon and, in doing so, teach her children that they too can accomplish difficult things through hard work and perseverance.
To support Team USO at the Boston Marathon, visit bit.ly/TeamUSOBostonMarathon
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