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Western Michigan University’s third annual Wounded Warrior 5K Race

Runners, walkers and spectators of every age are invited to take part in Western Michigan University’s third annual Wounded Warrior 5K race on Saturday, April 14.

The Wounded Warrior race starts and ends near WMU’s Army Battalion. The race continues through Main Campus, with a start and finish line near WMU’s ROTC Building on Cass Street, adjacent to Wheaton Avenue off Oakland Drive. Signs and volunteers will direct participants to designated parking lots.

Packet pickup and late registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $15 and includes post-race refreshments, activities and a T-shirt. This is not an officially timed race.

“When we think of war, the thousands of casualties come to mind that ten years of fighting has produced both physically and mentally,” says Colonel Zoltan Krompecher, professor of military science. The Wounded Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps  service members assimilate back into a community environment, as many of their wounds are long-standing. “Western’s ROTC cadets have come together to coordinate the 5K Wounded Warrior Race. I am pleased to have the opportunity to watch these young people and officials come together to help make this event a real success.”

WMU’s Wounded Warrior 5K is sponsored by the University’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides care directly to wounded veterans and their families.

“We would like to extend this invitation not only to the WMU community but also to the community and businesses surrounding Kalamazoo as well as active runners throughout Michigan,” says Army Cadet Jason Sattler. “Our current goal is to get 600 total participants involved. I look forward to the community’s support in the race.”