Central Texas offers a variety of ways for residents to honor the military through athletic events, including the Fallen, Never Forgotten Run on May 3.
The run will begin at Cameron Field and provide runners a chance to pass the various on-post memorials. The event is dedicated to fallen soldiers, retirees and family members of those who served.
The event consists of 1-mile, 3k, 5k and 10k runs. The course for the 10k will pass each memorial site at Fort Hood.
“It’s another way of showing how the citizens of Central Texas really support our soldiers,” said retired Lt. Gen. Dave Palmer. “If you have a former connection to the military, it’s probably the friendliest place I can think of in America to live.”
Palmer is an adviser for the Army Marathon and spent some time at the finish line during the inaugural running of the event in 2013.
Palmer said one of the more heartwarming moments was watching a woman who finished the marathon for a brother who put “running a marathon” on his bucket list, but was killed in Iraq.
“He never got to run one, but she ran one for him,” Palmer said.
One of the organizations that runs marathon events and serves as volunteers is Team Red, White and Blue.
Participating in Team RWB gives many veterans in the area a chance to stay in shape, meet new friends and get a sense of camaraderie some miss when they leave active duty.
“It’s a way to get our veterans engaged back in the community,” said Capt. John Stasulli, a member of Team RWB’s Fort Hood chapter. “It’s a way to get those veterans active and get them engaged in something.”
Members of Team RWB participated in the Army Marathon on March 2, running with Old Glory.
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will provide registration information closer to race day.