FOR RELEASE: Military Nonprofit, Virtual Fundraiser for Deployed U.S. Troops

Chelsea MandelloSep 14, '20


*Media Advisory for Thursday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 23*

Troopster to Hold Virtual Run Fundraiser for Deployed Service Members


NORFOLK, VA - Troopster® will hold a week long virtual run fundraiser, The ‘Murican 5 Mile’, September 17-23rd to fundraise for deployed Air Force service members overseas. 

The event will be held in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday, September 18. Participants can join from anywhere in the world and the five mile goal can be walked, ran or jogged at any time and from any location between September 17 through September 23rd. The virtual run can be completed individually or in teams. Families and teams are welcome.

Proceeds from the event will help send donation care packages to deployed Air Force members who are currently deployed across countries such as Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Qatar. 

There are four levels of registration ranging from $10 to $125. Participants can register with a $10 donation  or receive “runner perks”for each registration level. Level perks include shirts, medals and runner boxes. Prizes and medals will be awarded at the conclusion of the run for various challenges, such as ‘first to 5 miles’.

Troopster is seeking interested sponsors for the event. Sponsorship information can be found here.

Participants can sign up at or supporters can text 'america5mile' to 855-202-2100 to get a link to donate.


“At Troopster we are sending hundreds of care packages to the brave military members deployed overseas,” said Chelsea Mandello, founder of Troopster. “During COVID, we wanted to find a way to continue helping our brave service men and women who are deployed, as well as offer a way for all of those at home to help in a fun, interactive way. What better than through a virtual fun-run?”


“At a time when everything is uncertain, one thing we know for sure is that the members of the military are still working tirelessly to keep us safe,” said Elisabeth Rusch, Operations Assistant Manager at Troopster. “Now more than ever, it’s important to help brighten the day of troops who are deployed overseas. The ‘Murican 5 Mile Virtual Run is a way for us get the community involved in giving back to these troops.”


Orangetheory Fitness Norfolk is excited to join Troopster in ‘The Murica 5 Mile’ Virtual Race,” said Paula Banatt, Franchise Owner - Norfolk. “We are happy to partner with the local non-profit, Troopster which supports our military when they are away from home.”  


Letter from deployed service member:


 “Deploying during the time of covid-19 has reduced the morale in the group,” said Brittany Carson, US Air Force. “It will be awesome to have something sent to our shop to lift everyone up and remind them that they are appreciated.”


“Hello we are currently on deployment at base base in Saudi Arabia. This is a first deployment for some of the troops so I wanted to boost their morale a little while they are far away from home,” said Tera Burk, US Air Force

Event Details / Schedule

Location: Virtual

Date: September 17 - September 23rd

September 17, 8 a.m EST  - Virtual Run opens to all participants and teams.

September 22 - Notice of final mileage to runners.

September 23, 11:59 p.m. EST - Virtual Run Concluded

September 24, 11 am  - Announcement of first, second and third place winners

About Troopster. (video)

About Troopster

Troopster® is a leading cause-driven organization that supports the U.S. military community through the vanguard of care package services. Troopster has sent more than 12,000 care packages to troops deployed across more than 22 countries. Founded in 2015, Troopster is veteran-owned and operated, and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the largest naval military installation in the world. To learn more about Troopster®  or to send a military care package, please visit

About Orange Theory Fitness

Orangetheory is a Science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out – giving people a longer, more vibrant life. Orange Theory was founded in 2010 and includes more than 1,200 studios in all 50 U.S. states and over 23 countries.