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Run for the Heroes raises $130,000 for needy veterans
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From the May 28, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
Most people probably spent Memorial Weekend firing up the grill and relaxing with friends and family members, but hundreds of brave souls fired up their determination and raced across the state on foot, challenging themselves to keep putting one foot in front of the other as they battled enemies from the blazing sun to steep hills.
All the while, they kept in mind that they were honoring people who have faced much more serious enemies.
The Run Across Georgia/Run for the Heroes is a grueling 260-mile weekend event that raises money for House for Heroes, an organization that provides free home repairs to veterans in need. This year the event has raised at least $126,000 and may top $130,000.
"This race was created because most of us were born free, free to follow our heart, and free to do as we please," said founder and ultra marathoner John Teeples of Big Dog Running Company. "How and why this freedom has happened is taken for granted by many. This freedom is the result of sacrifices made by many men and women who have served in the military ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.