“We started this event three years ago with four branches of the military, and, wow, has it grown,” said Race Director Tom Ryan. “The Marine Corp, Army and Navy are helping to put on this event today for the wounded warriors.
“Our first year, we raised just under $10,000. The second year, we raised $25,000. This year, we will raise close to $60,000. Each year we are growing and raising more money for the injured veterans.
“I hope the runners have a good time, and I hope the spectators are motivated to come run next year,” he said.
Captain Bradley Frye led a team of 24 active Army personnel.
“This is a good camaraderie event benefitting a worthy cause,” said Frye. “We are out here to support those who have taken one for the team. I hope our team members appreciate their health, family and living in a free country.”
Retired from the Navy, Joan Metzger hoped to meet her personal goals while supporting the troops.
“I come from a very service oriented family, and I’ve come out today to support our troops. I would also like to run my personal best today.
“I think the Semper Fi Fund is fantastic. Having been in the trenches with them, I know it is so important to support our troops.”
Retired Army Sergeant Michael Gillihan appreciates the aid charities provide wounded warriors.
“I enjoy running, and this is important to me, because I was a soldier,” Gillihan said. “I have plenty of friends who benefit from the funds raised at these types of events. These groups take care of soldiers coming back from overseas wounded in more ways than one. I’ve seen firsthand what they do for people.”