To continue our excitement for the RAAM, a 3,000 mile cycling race from California to Maryland, we’d like to introduce you to the next member on Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes! Evan Marks is onw of our returning racers from last year’s team.
1. Give us a brief introduction of yourself. Hobbies/Interests/Occupation, etc.
I am the Co-founder of Sungate Asset Management LLC, which originates and manages over $1 billion of overseas equity investments in trophy office buildings located in New York City. I am a happily married father of two who lives between Manhattan and Aspen, Colorado where my pastimes include skiing, hiking and cycling. I have also participated in 10 full-distance Ironman triathlons in the US and Europe. After RAAM, I plan participate in my 11th Ironman race this coming October in Barcelona, Spain.
2. How did you get involved with Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes?
One of my teammates, Brian Collins, called me in late-2013 (while I was cycling in Santa Barbara) to inquire whether I wished to participate in an 8-person team for the 2014 RAAM. Of course, I agreed and then we went on to win our division in a time of 5 days, 21 hours and 58 minutes…nearly 6 hours ahead of our closest competitor! Now we have significantly raised the bar for 2015 by trying to compete with a 4-person team. We are a little nervous about taking on this bigger challenge; however, a smidgen pre-race anxiety is probably a good thing because it’s best not to take our competitors for granted. Indeed, they all look pretty tough.
3. What is your motivation for the race?
First and foremost, my motivation stems from the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces who have contributed to our nation’s well being but are still suffering in silence with PTS and TBI. While our team’s suffering during RAAM may last for 7 days and nights, these heroes may suffer for the rest of their lives. Therefore, I feel RAAM is an unparalleled personal opportunity to help raise money that will assist these noble Americans who have already sacrificed so much for our country.
4. What do you want to share with those who donated to your team?
I wish to say, “Thank you.” Because of your generosity, I feel that we have already won the race! You should know that my teammates and I have personally paid for 100% of the six-figure cost of staging our race. Therefore, every dollar you have contributed will go directly toward supporting Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the construction of its sixth TBI/PTS treatment center at Joint Base Lewis McCord in the state of Washington.
5. What (if any) is your personal connection to the military/IFHF?
My dad was in the Army during the Korean Conflict, and my godson is commissioned as an USN Ensign after having graduated last month from Annapolis.
Follow the Intrepid Fallen Heroes RAAM team on their website, Facebook, and Twitter, and using the hashtag #TeamIFHF. You can also make a donation right on their website. Thanks for your support and we can’t wait to cheer on our team!