More than 400 people turned out to the Centennial Hills YMCA to take part in Operation Freedom Run. 85 degrees and sunny. A perfect day to run a 5K. Operation Freedom Run marks the first race put on by the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation and by all accounts it was a rousing success.
Randy welcomed the runners and blew the airhorn to start the race. The champ doesn’t like to run on concrete because it bothers his knees. But Kim the co-founder of the Foundation ran it at a brisk pace.
After the race Randy presented adaptive devices to the race’s honorary guests John Blue and Manny Del Rio both of whom are below the knee amputees who lost limbs in Iraq. John received titanium wheels for his bike that he will be using in an Ironman race. Manny received adaptive skis that will allow him to take on Black Diamond slopes. Former Green Beret Ivan Castro who was blinded by shrapnel in Iraq received a stationary bike and audible heart monitor.
All in all it was a tremendous event and we look to host another 5K next year.
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