Run Ranger Run kicks off

Run Ranger Run kicks off

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some residents in the Chattahoochee Valley are taking part in special cause that will not only raise awareness for an important issue, but also help them lead a more active lifestyle.

Saturday, Jan. 30 kicked off the beginning of the Run Ranger Run event.

Teams taking part in Run Ranger Run pledge to walk, run, or bike a combined 565 miles throughout the month of February.

The initiative is to bring awareness to the issue have transitioning into civilian life after serving the country.

"This is the fourth year we have done this," said Troy Leatherman, who is running in honor of his brother. "So we have always had a team every year to honor my brother Brad Leatherman who was very involved."

"[It] lets the local communities know veterans are struggling, especially in the transition so that we need to reach out to businesses in the community and make sure those guys are getting put into job positions that they know what the community has to offer," said Michael Schlitz, a retired Army veteran adviser.

Last year 163 teams participated, $137,000 was pledged, and more than 73,000 miles were logged.

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