Ft. Benning opens Warrior Torch Run to the community

Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA - A special send off Torch Walk/Run is planned for the Tri-Community area this Friday, 7 May 2010 as a send off for Fort Benning's Warrior Transition Battalion's five Soldiers competing at the annual inaugural Warrior Games, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Soldiers, family members and local citizens are invited to participate in the 7.8 mile Torch Walk/Run, beginning at 8:35 a.m. with an opening ceremony with Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington at the Consolidated Government Center in Columbus and culminating at 10:00 a.m. with Lieutenant Colonel Sean Mulcahey, Commander, Warrior Transition Battalion, at the National Infantry Museum. 

Event is sponsored by Manuever Center of Excellence, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Uptown Columbus Incorporated, Community of Heroes, Columbus, Georgia Business Improvement District, Operation Home Front - Georgia and the West Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross.

During May 10-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wounded Soldiers will compete against the Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard in Warrior Games hosted by U.S. Olympic Committee's (USMC) Paralympics Military Program. 

The Warrior Games will help elevate abilities through athletic competition for wounded, ill, and injured service members by providing a focal event to empower the incorporation of athletics into Military Service Wounded Warrior Programs.

The Soldiers will compete in events which include archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field, and wheelchair basketball. 

Eligibility included Soldiers who are wounded, ill and injured, on active duty, reserve or retired. Categories are lower body impairment, upper body impairment, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and post traumatic stress disorder.

Source: Martin Army Community Hospital