Island Resident Moe Chabuz Running Eight Meaningful Miles February 23


Help Moe Chabuz, above at left, raise funds for Team River Runner. Photo by Yelena Rogers

St. John runner Maurice “Moe” Chabuz has plenty of distance under his well-worn sneakers, but the eight miles he plans to run on Saturday, February 23, might be the most meaningful.

For the fourth year in a row, Chabuz plans to start the 8 Tuff Miles Road Race at the back of the pack and raise money along the way for Team River Runner’s St. John program.

Team River Runner is dedicated to health and healing for wounded veterans through adaptive kayak sports. The group was started by Washington D.C. area kayak enthusiast Joe Mornini at Walter Reed Army Medical Center more than a decade ago and has since spread across the country.

TRR has been hosted groups of wounded veterans for a week of adaptive kayak trips and more on St. John for the past five years. Thanks to local donations, Chabuz’s run and the annual Chaotic Kayak Race, TRR’s St. John program has become self-sufficient.

In order to make sure it remains that way, Chabuz is accepting donations of any kind — a nickel, a dime, a dollar or more — for every person he passes on his way to the Coral Bay finish line. Last year Chabuz passed 734 runners and raised about $10,000 for TRR.

Make checks out to Team River Runner and drop them off at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay to make a donation. Checks can be mailed to Moe Chabuz, P.O. Box 1265, St John, USVI, 00831.