This fall, we’ve partnered with Team Red, White, and Blue, whose mission is to enrich the lives of American veterans through fitness and social activities. From September through November, thousands of veterans and supporters will walk, run, and hike a single American flag across nine states, fueling up along the way at various The Vitamin Shoppe pit stops.
Over the course of the relay, we’ll be sharing photos and videos of the action in real time, as well as stories of our own Health Enthusiasts who served proudly in the military. Follow along as Old Glory flies high, from NYC to Atlanta.
The Vitamin Shoppe Salutes Health Enthusiast Ian Potter
We asked Ian, a Health Enthusiast at our Williamsville, NY store, to share about his experience in the military and how it shaped his outlook on setting and achieving personal goals.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps because I wanted to serve and protect our country while doing something bigger and more honorable with my life. I also wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps in serving. I was stationed in Camp Lejeune with V1/2 where my rank was Corporal/E-4 and my MOS was an 0352 Anti-Tank Missile-Man.
The biggest lesson I learned from the Marine Corps is that the mind is stronger than the body. What I mean by this is that you can push yourself to do much more than you’re capable of, but if your mind quits then so will your body. This not only applies to working out, but also your work ethic. You must push through till the end. Work ethic goes farther than intelligence in my opinion, and my military experience helped establish my strong work ethic. You can be smart but if you do not work hard to achieve your goals it will only take you so far.
I’m currently in inactive reserve; however, I have some very close friends who are still in the military. What I want Americans and my customers to know is that everyone’s support goes a long way for those in the military. It means the world to be thanked or recognized for our service. We never brag or talk much about what we do or what happens daily. We just do our job to the best of our ability. This is one of the reasons I love that The Vitamin Shoppe is participating in the Old Glory Relay. It’s a great way to show support for active-duty members and veterans.
Passing through Yankee Stadium!
September 11: Kick-Off Day
The Old Glory Relay kicked off early this morning in Battery Park, near One World Trade Center—and will continue across nine states through November. We’re proud to partner with Team RWB, Labrada Nutrition, Isopure, Force Factor, and LifeAID, and Optimum Nutrition to support this amazing initiative and America’s veterans.
Closing out the day at our Hoboken, NJ, store.