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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Six teams are about to start a six day challenge up the east coast.

They'll be riding a jet ski from Key West to New York City, in the Atlantic Ocean, during hurricane season. The reason? Honoring those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

A Sullivan County native is one of the men taking on the challenge.

Those who at one time were a part of a special operations team in the armed forces are now taking on another challenge.

"Remind ourselves everyday that we're still alive and you know we're still able to do things," said Sullivan County native, Joe Sakellar.

Six teams will ride jet skis over six days and their journey begins in Key West Friday.

"I think all the days will be challenging, but I think the push from Jacksonville up to Virginia Beach which is going to be strangest due to the distance of it," said Sakellar.

This isn't something they decided to do over night. Sakellar has been training for several months on the water and on land.

Sakellar told News Channel 11, "you feel like you can't push no more and you have one friend that says you know 'you can do it' or whatever it just makes you drive that much harder."

Sakellar, a member of the Marine Corp. and U.S. Army said the hardest day will be the last leg of their trip when they arrive in New York City on 9/11.

"Everybody that has lost their lives and all the family members that have lost someone there," said Sakellar.

Along the way Sakellar and Team Havoc have raised money by selling T-shirts for their charity, The Station Foundation.

The charity is for "veterans whether they are wounded or not out on functions and pretty much gets their life started back again as civilians because some guys that come back from combat sometimes its hard for them to reestablish themselves as civilians," said Sakellar.

A 1,600 mile journey testing the mind and the body and honoring those who put their lives on the line for us.


 

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