In 2008, East Carolina University Army ROTC "Pirate Battalion" organized and hosted the first ever "Wounded Warrior Run" to benefit Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) and Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC). The race was an overwhelming success as over 100 local runners and several local sponsors joined the Pirate Battalion in showing their love and support for our Nation's Wounded Warriors. East Carolina University and the Pirate Club honored several Soldiers of the WTU and family members the following weekend at a pre-game tailgate for the Marshall football game and the Pirate Battalion presented a check for $3,500 to the Soldier & Family Assistance Center on the field at half-time. We repeated our efforts in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and were again bowled over by the support of local sponsors, which helped us continue to build our race. After moving our race to a new 5-mile course at the scenic Brook Valley Country Club golf course in 2009, we grew to 300 registered runners for our 2010 race. In 2010 we relabeled our race "Patriot Run" to reflect a change in our charity to Ft. Bragg's Survivors Outreach Services (SOS) which advocates on behalf of and supports all Families who have suffered the loss of a serviceman/woman in combat. As a result of all our incredible sponsors' support and continued faith in our efforts, we have been able to donate over $35,000 to support Wounded Warriors and their families.
In the five years of this race, we have attracted over 600 runners, through the generous support of several local sponsors. All proceeds this year will be split between the Ft. Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and the Eastern North Carolina Region American Red Cross. The SOS helps to ensure that the surviving wives, husbands, parents, and children who are left behind when their loved one is killed in action are not forgotten. The mission of the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces is to provide humanitarian support to service members, veterans and their families around the clock, around the globe under a trusted symbol.
To become a sponsor, make a donation, register for the race or more information visit: http://www.patriotrun.com or contact: CPT Kevin Prevost at 252-328-6225
Current as of Friday, November 6, 2015