In the face of unseasonably chilly weather, students, faculty, staff and community members braved the elements and supported wounded military veterans in the second annual Wounded Warriors 5K run.
Organized by the Central Michigan University Student Disability Services office, in conjunction with the Student Veterans of America, the event gathered more than 90 runners and raised more than $1,000.
Last year, the SDS office hosted the even on its own.
“We wanted to collaborate with other student organizations because it’s a great way to raise awareness and reach diverse groups on campus,” said Kristen Miller, a Powell senior and SDS staff member.
Ninety percent of the money raised in the event will go toward helping veterans in the Mount Pleasant area. The proceeds will be given to SVA’s Student Veterans Relief Fund as well as to local veterans in the community, said SVA president Shane Taylor.
Other donations for the event were collected online.
Ten percent of the remaining proceeds will be donated to the national Wounded Warriors Foundation and SDS. The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit charity that helps to raise awareness for disabled veterans and help injured service members seek aid.
The run kicked off at 11 a.m. as runners, who paid a $20 to participate, made their way through campus before returning to Finch. The event also included the dog jog, a more leisurely course where participants could walk with their dogs.
Jacqueline Roberge brought her dog along as he walked the mile-long course. She heard about the event through her friend, a student veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps.
“When he said I could bring my dog, that’s what decided it for me,” Roberge said. “I’m all about doing whatever I can for my dog and the money is for a really great cause.”