Vista Outdoor employee, Vic Ziliani, a veteran and avid mountain bike racer has raised over $11,800 since 2012 when he became a community athlete for the Marine Special Operations Foundation (MARSOC). This year, Vic has raised over $2,600 in his fundraising efforts to support MARSOC.
This past summer, Vic was able to race in the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This particular mountain bike race is the first of its kind and is considered one of the more difficult marathon bike races because of the type of terrain raced. The 100 hundred miles out-and-back course is across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The low point is 9,200 feet; the high point is Columbine Mine, 12,424 feet. The race was “created for only the most determined athletes,” which describes Vic perfectly!
Vic explains his support for MARSOC, “I was introduced to the MARSOC Foundation by a fellow Marine, who is currently the Commanding Officer of 1st Marine Raider Battalion. After retiring from the Marines in 2009, I wanted to serve my friends and their families that continue to deploy to support combat operations. Through the MARSOC Foundation, I was able to continue my service.”
Vic retired from the Marine Corps with over 20 years of active service, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He spent the majority of his Marine Corps career as a Parachute Rigger and Reconnaissance Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. During his career, he was deployed numerous times and participated in Humanitarian and Combat operations in Iraq, Kosovo, Africa, Bosnia and other countries.
We want to thank Vic Ziliani for his military service, and for his continued support of veterans through MARSOC.