About the Race

After 12 years of continuous, worldwide combat operations, nearly 45,000 soldiers have been wounded – and many returning veterans come home to new challenges.

We believe that as citizens, we share an obligation to take care of these men and women; honoring the sacrifices they have made. Our mission is to step in where government leaves off.

Established in 2009, the Ripley Race is a 5K road race to raise awareness and support for our men and women returning home from war. In just seven years, we’ve raised more than $350,000 for returning veterans.

The Ripley Race is powered by the Cincinnatus Fund , a 501 (c) 3 that serves returning veterans where the system stops. This often means providing wounded soldiers with prosthetics and other tools that help them reprise a healthy, active life.

With 1,500 runners, the 2015 Ripley Race raised nearly $70,000 for the Semper Fi Fund and had tremendous support from the military community and their families. This year, we’re aiming higher. Join us by signing up for the race or making a tax-deductible donation to the cause.

Col. John Ripley

The Ripley Race celebrates the legacy of valor and leadership of Colonel John W. Ripley Unites States Marine Corps (USMC). In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Colonel Ripley earned six valorous and 14 personal decorations in two tours of combat, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive, the then-Captain Ripley was responsible for destroying the Dong Ha Bridge. In a desperate and heroic action that would make him a legend in the Corps, Captain Ripley placed and detonated more than 600 pounds of explosives, stopping an enemy assault of more than 20,000 men.

For his courage and heroism at the Dong Ha Bridge, Captain Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. The destruction of the Dong Ha Bridge has been memorialized in a diorama at the U.S. Naval Academy entitled, “Ripley at the Bridge.”

Colonel Ripley’s leadership continued off the battlefield, serving in leadership roles at universities, as a historian, a speaker and as an expert testifying before Congress on military matters.

The Ripley Race commemorates a lifetime achievement in the service of his country and dedication to the nation he loved.

Founders

Ripley Race founders Adam Borcz and Jon Brianas are lifelong athletes and have both competed at the collegiate and national level. Through those experiences, they created Turning Point Sports – a vehicle for bringing their passion for fitness together with their desire to support wounded soldiers returning home.

In the summer of 2009, Adam approached Tom Ripley about the idea of honoring his father, Colonel Ripley, with a 5K road race. Together, Adam, Jon and Tom continue to grow interest in the race and awareness for returning troops.

Adam Borcz

Adam is a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was awarded the Silver Sword for Men, which is awarded to the graduating senior who is deemed by the Athletic Association to have excelled most in men’s athletics during their four years. Following graduation, Adam served three years as a Submarine Officer aboard the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and completed deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Adam spent his last two years of active duty station at the Pentagon where he supported various reconnaissance and intelligence programs. Adam earned a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University in 2007.

Jon Brianas

An Annapolis native, Jon attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he played a leadership role on the lacrosse team in spite of undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. His senior year, he was selected captain of the lacrosse team and was awarded the Coaches Calvert Award for leadership, loyalty, and consistent effort. Following graduation, Jon completed six-and-a-half years as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy and earned an MBA from Loyola College. Jon has competed in numerous fitness events and enjoys staying active with his wife Jenny and their kids, Carter, Madison, Isabella and Leo.

Tom Ripley

Son of Colonel John W. Ripley, Tom Ripley graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1993 where he played Division I lacrosse and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing five years of service with the last three in Force Reconnaissance, Tom earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and is currently an operating partner at the private equity firm, Blackstreet Capital Management. Tom lives in Annapolis, Md. with his wife Alexandra, son Race and twin daughters America and Starr. Tom remains a competitive athlete competing in Ironman distance triathlons, ultra distance marathons and other endurance races.