June 1, 2013
Hundreds laced up Saturday morning in Albemarle County to help wounded soldiers returning from war.
The 4 the Wounded 5K kicked off at the University of Virginia Research Park at Lewis and Clark Drive. More than 1,100 runners and walkers followed a 3-mile path for the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that helps wounded soldiers return to the world in the best physical and mental health possible.
"We try and get them toward the new normal and what their life is going to be like from here on out," said Jim Leckinger of the Wounded Warrior Project.
The third-annual race brought in more than $100,000.
Mary Tallouzi spoke to runners before the race began. Her son was injured in combat in 2002. He succumbed to his brain injuries two years later.
"They made a huge impact on my life where somoeone could not use the programs, but that resonating message in the back of my mind, 'We leave no one behind, mom,' that's what keeps me going," she said.
The Newsplex was a sponsor of the event.
All the money paid by the runners to participate goes directly to educational, mental health and employment programs through the Wounded Warrior Project