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We may have gotten a little sweaty this Fourth of July, but all Military Veterans Resource Center participants made it to the finish line of the Hilliard Rotary's annual "Run for Freedom" 5 kilometer or 10 kilometer race. As a co-sponsor of the event, Military Veterans Resource Center supported all veterans and active duty members by inviting them to register free of charge.

"We couldn't have asked for a better Independence Day race," said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. "The weather was perfect, and hearing the 'thank-you' comments from veterans made the race especially rewarding."

Fifteen veterans and active duty service members of all ages ran or walked in the event, as well as MVRC representatives and staff members. Chris Graham, a veteran participant, even took home a medal, placing second in the 10 kilometer event for his age group with a time of 38 minutes and 23 seconds. Everyone else was more than satisfied with the water, snacks and pizza waiting across the finish line.

The Hilliard Rotary began hosting the race in 2008, but this is the first year MVRC co-sponsored the event and invited veterans to run for free. Due to the race's success and MVRC's efforts to support Central Ohio's veteran community, the Hilliard Rotary has asked MVRC to be a permanent co-sponsor of the event. Proceeds from the race help fund several Hilliard Rotary programs that work to eliminate hunger, thirst and illiteracy.

If you missed last week's "Run for Freedom" race but would like to have participated, stay tuned for MVRC's upcoming "Vets Run Free" events throughout 2014 and 2015. MVRC plans to host several more activities this year and next where veterans can participate at no cost.