Fort2Base Race and Headstrong come together in a strategic partnership aimed to raise awareness for military members seeking mental health treatment in the Chicagoland area

Teaming up to help those who help others, Fort2Base Race and Headstrong are proud to announce their strategic partnership.

The Fort2Base Race is a unique running/walking event that begins in the historic Fort Sheridan, runs along the North Shore Trail, continues past Naval Station Great Lakes and finishes at Foss Park in North Chicago.  Fort2Base and Headstrong look forward to honoring these two historic military encampments on August 22nd, 2021

Headstrong provides cost-free, bureaucracy-free, stigma-free, confidential and effective mental health treatment for our military connected veterans and their families.

Through this partnership they hope to reach and help even more veterans and their families, raise much needed funds, and build awareness for the Headstrong mission.

“As someone who once served at Fort Sheridan, I’m delighted by this emerging partnership that seeks to honor the area’s military history while recognizing our responsibility to serve the community’s needs, and in particular, their mental health needs. We’re thankful to our friends in Fort2Base Race for bringing this race to the community, said Colonel (U.S. Army, Ret.) Jim McDonough, Headstrong’s Executive Director, and look forward to supporting Chicago Land’s  military connected members and their families.”

“Fort2Base Race is excited to be partnered with Headstrong, helping to expand our mission of giving back to the military community”, stated Beth Salinger, Founder and Race Director.  “Through this partnership, we will be able to offer military service members and their family’s access to mental health care.  We are meant to grow and thrive together!” 

About Fort2Base Race
The Fort2Base Race was founded in 2010 with a mission of promoting and cultivating a love of running\walking in our community by organizing and executing an excellent annual event. Our events are open to all ages and abilities, serving the needs of all athletes, sponsors, and communities. In order to create a world-class event, Fort2Base partners with public, private, and military entities.

Fort2Base was chosen as one of the Top 5 Themed Events by BibRave for the past decade, in December 2020 and as the RRCA State Championship event for 2021.

The Fort2Base Race is proudly sponsored by AbbVie, NorthShore University Health System, Road Runner Sports, and PepsiCo.  To learn more about the Fort2Base Race, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Headstrong

Founded in 2012, Headstrong provides confidential, cost-free and bureaucracy-free mental health care treatment for military veterans and their families. Headstrong currently offers effective, individually tailored and comprehensive in-person and telehealth treatment programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other related military trauma within 12 States and 28 markets. Treating ~1800 veterans with over 65,000 clinical sessions, Headstrong is well on its way to become the National mental health treatment practice of choice for America’s military connected families. Follow Headstrong @getheadstrong on social media or visit our website: to learn more on how Headstrong is healing the hidden wounds of war.