Starting today, Erik “Trek” Utrecht is on a mission: to ride 2000 miles to raise awareness and more than a few funds for the Brian Terry Foundation.
In the spring of this year, allegedly (for the lawyers that read this) there was a scam “charity” setup that bilked thousands of dollars from individuals and companies, all under the banner of contributing directly to the Brian Terry Foundation.
In fact, I was one of the victims of the scam. This fraud was exposed, the perpetrator disgraced, and a lot of us in the industry took it to heart. Utrecht, who has been known for years for his physical-challenge based fundraising events, took it upon himself to try to set things right.
Trek says on his Facebook page for the event:
“In the Spring of this year, it came to light that funds that were donated in good faith by scores of folks we know in the industry for the Brian Terry Foundation were in fact not. That situation has come and gone and even as aggravating as it was, it brought the unresolved and unacceptable story of Brian Terry’s murder and OPERATION: FAST AND FURIOUS back to the forefront.
Sadly for those of us who try to keep up with current events, there are so many outrageous stories in the daily news that effect all Americans like the Southern Border, NSA, 2A, Iraq, Afghanistan (Hell- the entire Middle East) that being able to focus on one aspect of things can be a daunting task.
As for the rest of America- the Kardashians are on TV and Miley Cyrus is twerking so there is nothing else that matters.
So what we have for all of us in a business that is made up of Veterans and Patriots alike is a story of a good man who served his country as a Marine, a local cop, a Border Patrol Agent and as a BORTAC member who was killed by a gun given to criminals in a politically driven operation to demonize the 2A, responsible gun owners and the great people that are the firearms industry.
To this day, only those that were there the night Brian was murdered in 2010 have been caught or tried. No member of our government has been held criminally responsible.
My goal of this ride is to bring awareness to and direct donations to the Brian Terry Foundation.”
“On 15 September of this year, I will depart Flat Rock, MI- The hometown and final resting place of Brian Terry and bicycle over 2000 miles to Bisbee, AZ- the home of the Brian Terry Border Patrol Station.
As of today, it will be roughly 100 +- miles a day for 23 days total on the road. I will be doing this by myself with no support crew. It is going to be a helluva challenge but one I welcome.
My goal of this journey is simple: Raise awareness and donations for the Brian Terry Foundation. (HonorBrianTerry.com)
(My secondary goal is to actually survive this trip)
Lets make the next 60 days something for the record books. If we can get 100,000 folks to donate a dollar….one dollar, we will give the Brian Terry Foundation what it needs to continue its mission for a long time.“
This is a monumental undertaking and we are proud to be supporting Trek in his ride.
If you would like to help, here are the links:
Brian Terry Foundation: http://www.honorbrianterry.com
Facebook Event Page for Trek’s Trek: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Treks-Trek-2000-Miles-for-the-Brian-Terry-Foundation/1463907210527621
Hear Trek explain the story in his own words on GUNFIGHTERCAST: http://www.gunfightercast.com/wordpress/2014/08/11/gc-094-treks-trek-for-the-brian-terry-foundation/
Social Media: #trekstrek #honorbrianterry
Images courtesy of Rat Mountain Design for socialization:
Matt Stagliano is a photographer first, and firearms / outdoors enthusiast second. His work has appeared in countless magazines and online outlets such as RECOIL, SKILLSET, Guns & Ammo, Concealment, Breach Bang Clear, Ammoland, and others. He spends most of his time running Stonetree Creative, a full service portrait studio in Maine when he is not on assignment as Firelance Media. Learn more about Stonetree online or follow him on Instagram (@stonetreecreative). On Facebook here.