HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than 1,000 people showed up to run a 5K race for wounded warriors Saturday morning in the Rocket City.
It was the 5th annual Grissom High School JROTC Wounded Warrior race. Grissom’s JROTC hosts the event each year.
The runners show up to raise money and support. Since the inaugural race in 2010, Grissom JROTC has donated more than $21,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project and their goal this year alone is $10,000.
“We raise money at this 5K to raise not only funds, but also awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and the programs that they offer for wounded warriors,” said Stephanie Armstrong, an organizer.
Besides those who run the race, hundreds of others come out to show their support for those who have supported and defended our freedoms.
“We have Vets with Vets, Semper Fi Riders Patriot Guard riders, future soldiers, future airmen,” said Armstrong.
This race is an official event of the Wounded Warrior Project and because of that, people come here from all over the United States to take part.
But there are always hometown connections as well.
“We had Christopher Peroe. He’s a Captain, Infantry,” said Armstrong. “Grew up playing ball on these fields in McGucken, and now comes back as Captain Peroe, wounded warrior. Suffered catastrophic injuries in 2012 in Afghanistan and here he is.”
Whether they are American Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors or Marines, while their mission is coming to an end, the race to support them is just beginning.