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  • Writer's pictureLead For America

In the world of marathons, running is often seen as a solitary and personal endeavor. However, one passionate runner, Joe Nail, CEO of Lead for America, is on a mission to challenge this notion and redefine what it means to run with a purpose.

Welcome to Project 1310 - a groundbreaking initiative where 1,310 miles will be conquered, one mile at a time, and every mile will be dedicated to a veteran or service member nominated by the community.

Joe Nail, CEO and Co-Founder of Lead for America, has committed to running 50 marathons and completing 50,000 push-ups in all 50 states by the end of the 2025 summer season.

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The purpose of Project 1310 is more than setting personal (and maybe even global) records through consecutive marathons; it's about respect, gratitude, and support for those who have selflessly served our country. Joe's journey through 50 marathons will symbolize the endurance, sacrifice, and unwavering spirit of our veterans.

In each of the 50 states, Joe will be running the marathon and completing the push-ups in an iconic location, from Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and encouraging everyone to come out and walk or run a mile in honor of a veteran or service member who you know or admire. In each state, Joe and the crew will also be meeting and walking or running with local veterans groups and active military service members.

Project 1310: Supporting the Lead for America Veterans Fellowship

Launching in the summer of 2024, the Lead For America Veterans Fellowship will support 50 Veterans each year in making the transition from the military into leadership positions back home.


Each veteran will be provided a $100,000 stipend, spend the summer in Washington D.C. working with their Senator or Member of Congress, and then return to their home state, where they will work directly alongside the Governor, a Mayor, or a CEO for one year. Veterans have already demonstrated their commitment to service, sacrifice, and personal courage. The Veterans Fellowship provides them an opportunity to bring that ethos of service to leadership positions in our communities across the nation.

How You Can Get Involved

Keep up with Joe on Instagram! He will be sharing updated running schedules and invites anyone and everyone to join him either for the full marathon, or even just a mile or two.

If you can't make one of his scheduled runs, you can participate in the One Mile Challenge and dedicate a mile to a veteran or service member by posting and tagging us on social media @JoeNailKS and @Lead4America.

Take the One Mile Challenge:

Alongside Project 1310, Lead For America is partnering with other veterans organizations to launch the One Mile Challenge. Modeled after the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants will be challenged to complete a one mile fitness challenge in honor of a veteran or service member they know or admire, and then will be asked to nominate three others to take the challenge as well. 

The challenge is as follows: complete 20 push-ups, walk or run a mile, and finish with 20 push-ups. 20 push ups to remember the 20 veterans who die from suicide every day. 2 sets, to honor those who have served, and those still serving today. 1 mile to symbolize the challenging journey transitioning from military to civilian life.


Stay up to date with our socials, blogs, and our Youtube for updates on Project 1310, Joe's personal reflections on each of the 50 marathons, and video peeks of this incredible journey spanning the entire country this summer!



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