F&M Trust supports Eagle Fund at Underwater Marathon

F&M Trust’s Lindsay Reisinger completed a 5k leg in the first HydroWorx Underwater Marathon to benefit the Eagle Fund.

(Hershey, PA) F&M Trust’s Lindsay Reisinger was one of over 200 runners to participate in the first ever underwater marathon to raise money for wounded warriors.


The event, held on September 9 in the parking lot of Troeg’s Brewery in Hershey, raised $384,000 to benefit the Eagle Fund. The Eagle Fund is a charity that helps wounded special-operations soldiers recover so they can be deployed again.


Underwater Marathon participants ran on 16 portable underwater treadmills provided by HydroWorx of Middletown, submerged in three huge tanks of water. Some of the 200 runners, like Reisinger completed legs of the marathon - 5k distance, 10k, or a half-marathon – while others ran a full marathon. The goal was to raise $250,000 to help 50 wounded warriors. Every $5000 helps heal one wounded warrior.


Hydroworx makes pools that are used in physical therapy, exercise programs and rehabilitation regimens. Some of its products are equipped with underwater treadmills, moving floors and massage jets. The company also makes pools with adjustable floors that enable wheelchair-bound patients to roll into the water. These pools take advantage of the physical phenomena that make people feel nearly weightless in water. Their treadmills have been used by more than half of the National Football League teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, at least half the National Basketball Association teams and by many baseball teams.


Since the water in the swimming pool helps support a patient's mass, HydroWorx says users of therapy pools feel just 20 percent of their body weight. Therapists who work with patients in pools also use the natural resistance that water provides. In the water, patients can do exercises that they wouldn't be able to do – or at least not easily – above ground.


The idea for an underwater marathon resulted from Hydroworx relationship with a customer – Athletes’ Performance, a firm that specializes in training professional athletes. Alex Lincoln, a former professional athlete from Athletes’ Performance, founded the Eagle Fund to fund pro athlete-level rehabilitation programs to special forces troops injured in the line of duty. The underwater marathon became the fundraiser for that charity.


F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with over $1 billion in assets. With twenty-five community-banking offices in Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, and Cumberland Counties, the bank has offices in Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Greencastle, Marion, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Boiling Springs, McConnellsburg, Warfordsburg, Hustontown, and Orbisonia.