Wounded Veteran Run 2014
The morning of Memorial Day drew more than 1,900 participants in the fourth annual Wounded Veteran Run through the Folsom Parkway Trails. There were courses for everyone: 10K, 5K, 3K, and a Kid's Fun Run.
Folsom’s Elizabeth Reed, 7, echoed a sentiment held by many participating in the event.
“I’m running because of all the sacrifices the veterans have made,” Reed said.
Starting in 2011, the run was created by Courtney Hvostal, a personal trainer whose brother received a debilitating injury while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. The organization's goal is to raise awareness and donations for Veteran supporting non-profits and implement programs to support and thank veterans within the community. Beneficiaries of the run include Wounded Warrior Project, Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization, the Purple Heart Fund and El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial Park.
"We have lots of wounded veterans (some visible and some not so obvious), and lots of different teams that normally center around a veteran in the family, said Hvostal. "My brother from Walter Reed is here, as well as a family whose son was killed in the blast that injured my brother. We have participants from as far as Florida, Alaska and Nova Scotia."
Hvostal’s brother, Adam Keys was accompanied by ...