Ranger Run Kick-Off to be held to increase awareness for veterans

Ranger Run Kick-Off to be held to increase awareness for veterans

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Ranger Run Kick-Off event will take place on Saturday at Fleet Feet in Savannah.

In the 2015 Ranger Run, event participants will run in a team of up to 10 individuals, who will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles for a combined total of 565 miles, in the month of February. They will raise funds for GallantFew, and increase awareness for veteran issues. 

At the kick-off event, you can share ideas on how to log miles, form teams, and share previous running tips and tricks to accomplish the 565 miles in 28 days.

In 2012, after two combat deployments, experiencing friends killed and wounded, and his marriage failing, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran U.S. Army Corporal, Cory Smith, decided to highlight his difficult journey home. Transitioning from the Army to civilian life is a transition many soldiers find difficult, so he decided to undergo a very public and difficult journey home, himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days, with the ultimate goal of holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms at the end of his run.

To honor Cory's incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans' issues, particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness, and suicide, this event will be held annually. 

Kick-off will be at 8 a.m. and will last until 5:30 p.m. at 3405 Waters Avenue. 

Registration will be open, and the cost to join a team is $35. 

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