Family, Friends, and Supporters!
My name is Dylan Walsh, a Captain (Sel.) in the United States Marine Corps and this summer, I’ll be attempting to complete 100 Miles in 24 Hours or Less on June 18th and 19th at La Jolla High School.
Born and raised in San Diego and a graduate of La Jolla High School, I pursued my Bachelor’s of Science degree at the United States Naval Academy and later commissioned as a Ground Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Throughout my life, I have always loved to compete — whether it was with my older brothers and cousins down the street or baseball and football in high school and college, I’ve always enjoyed the possibility of challenging myself mentally and physically. I firmly believe that doing ‘hard things’ builds discipline and mental toughness that can serve you throughout your life and when my day comes, I hope that in all that I did, I can look back and know that I've given “all that I had”.
In 2017, I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. and weeks later, the JFK 50 Miler in Boonsboro, Maryland - my first Ultra-Marathon. Since then, it has been my goal to compete on the Ultra Circuit and finish a 100 Mile race in 24 Hours or Less. In January 2021, following my return from a tour overseas, I began training for the San Diego 100 Miler this summer and unfortunately, after logging my 500th training mile, received the unfortunate news that this year’s race would be cancelled due to COVID-19. While this was difficult news for me to hear, I knew that there was only one option — pick myself up, dust myself off, and find another way…
With the help of a great mentor, coach, and friend, I will attempt my 100 miles on the track at La Jolla High School on June 18th, 2021.
In a year that can only be described by significant loss of family members, friends, and loved ones, I believe it has also taken a significant toll on the mental health of many Americans across our great nation, to include our veterans who sadly choose to take their own lives at a rate of 22/day.
In an effort to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention for all Americans, I am hoping to raise $22,000 for ‘Mission 22’, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mental health of our nation’s veterans. You can donate directly to 'Mission 22' through my fundraising page located here.
I appreciate anything you can do to support this great cause by donating, sharing this message, or coming out to run a few laps with me starting at 4 PM on Friday, June 18th and finishing sometime shortly before 3 PM on June 19th -
Honor and remember the fallen.