Fort Jackson holds Run for the Fallen

07/30/2014 11:27 AM

07/30/2014 11:28 AM

Fort Jackson will host its fourth annual Run for the Fallen, honoring soldiers killed in combat, at 8 a.m., Aug. 16, at Hilton Field.

The 5K run/walk also will support wounded veterans and the families of those killed in combat. It also is intended to aid the healing process for those Americans whose lives have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event is free and open to the public. The first 450 runners to finish will receive event T-shirts.

“It shows the Army still cares, and that (families) can turn to the Army whenever they need help,” Fort Jackson survivor outreach services coordinator Leslie Smith said in a press release, “and that there are services provided to assist them in their time of need.”

Nearly 300 Fort Jackson soldiers will participate in the run. Each runner will have the name of a South Carolina soldier who died while on active duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Runner bibs also will be available representing fallen soldiers from other states.

Runners can register online until Aug. 13 at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jacksonrectrac.html, or contact Cindi Keene at (803) 751-3096 or cindi.d.keene.naf@mail.mil.

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