Runners Tied Up Their Shoes This Fourth to Support Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America is a nonprofit that promotes the importance of valuing those who have served our country.

As a fun way to celebrate veterans on the fourth of July the organization hosted its 5th annual Veterans 5k Run/Walk and 10k at Bonanzaville.
“We can live in a free country and we can do the things we can get up at 5 o’clock in the morning and come out and run,” said David Brunsbold VVA Chapter 941 treasurer.

Runners who participated came out to support what the VVA, and get some early morning exercise.
“I’m a veteran I’m a long time runner, and I came out here to support the VVA today and enjoy a fine day or running enjoy the weather,” said Veteran James Gebhart.
“Really enjoy the fact that people support veterans and they’re out there for us were taken care,” said Brad Brown who is active in the North Dakota national guard.
And for some runners today crossing the finish line had sentimental value there not just celebrating the fourth of July, but the privilege of freedom in the United States.
This is Marie Laska’s 2nd year running the Veterans 10k.
Her parents brought her as child to the states after fleeing from a communist country.
“It gets me emotional ever year, but my parents are really happy that I appreciate not necessarily what they did, but soldiers around the world are doing for freedom and independence,” said Marie Laska.
She says her appreciation for what veterans have done for freedom is what fuels her to the finish line.
“They are went through years of battle if I can’t put up with a couple minutes of running I mean what does that say about me and about who I am and what strength really is,” said
Runners we’re cheered on as the crossed the finish line, and all participants received a free VVA t-shirt. Wishing everyone a happy fourth. Brittany Ford KVRR News.
For more information on how you can sign up for the next Vietnam veterans 5k and 10k you can click here