Runners Gear Up for "4 The Wounded 5K"

People in Albemarle County are coming together to raise money for wounded veterans.

The "4 The Wounded 5K" is Saturday at the UVa. Research Park, but organizers and runners were there Friday gearing up for the race.

The 5K benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. It was started by the UVa. Foundation in 2011 as a way show support for military veterans, and government contractors, who live and work in the community.

"A lot of people in our park are contractors to the federal government and are working to keep our people safe in Afghanistan and Iraq, so the Wounded Warrior Project speaks to them. And it speaks to a lot of us in the community who have family and friends that have been over there and have been injured," said UVa. Foundation's Chief Administrative Officer Deborah Van Eersel.

Van Eersel says the first year organizers only expected about 250 runners, but tripled that goal. This year they have record 1,600 runners participating. Van Eersel says they are also close to reaching their fundraising goal of $115,000, all of which goes directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"It's such a feel good race. The big American flag on fire truck, beautiful morning, people love it," Van Eersel said.

There are still spots available to participate in Saturday's race. Organizers will be accepting cash or check donations until 6:00pm on Friday at the UVa Research Park.

The race is Saturday at 8:00am. Both entrances into the park close at 7:30am

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