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Runners Hit the Pavement to Support Veterans

The cold weather didn't stop runners from lacing up their sneakers and hitting the pavement today. This morning at Otsiningo Park more than 400 people gathered to run the first ever Returning Warrior race.

Sponsored by STOP DWI  The race raised awareness about  the dangers some veterans face driving cars after coming home from overseas. Many struggle to adjust from driving in a war zone to driving at home. According to the United States Automobile Association car accidents have become the number one leading cause of death in veterans within the first 12 months that they're home from war.


"Obviously you've got different styles of driving but in any situation you want to try to do things as safely as possible and minimize any kind of distraction," said veteran Dan Booker.
"It's really a tragedy to spend and entire deployment overseas and come home safely. And then lose your life or hurt someone else in a traffic crash," said Chris Marion, program coordinator at Stop DWI.
 
Nearly 15 percent of today's runners were veterans. All proceeds from the event will go to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group

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