Thank you to SGM Brad Schneier for organizing the Veteran’s Day 5k at Camp Slayer in Baghdad, Iraq. I know before the run there were over 800 registered runners.

Stacey Martinez lost her fiancĂ©, 2nd Lt. Jeff Graham, in 2004 to a roadside bomb and she has gathered close to 60 friends in Lexington, Kentucky, to shadow run with the troops in Camp Slayer on the University of Kentucky’s campus. An article was published in the school’s newspaper on Thursday:

Stephanie Smith had 45 runners turn out at her shadow run in Fredericksburg, VA. Allison Martinez lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, and gathered around 50 to shadow run the Baghdad event. They made t-shirts and will be sending the troops at Camp Slayer a few of them with a picture of their group, along with some extra goodies.

There were 97 confirmed runs across the country, including Walton High School in Marietta, GA; Greenwich, CT; Chatsworth, NJ; Tacoma, WA; Hood River, OR; Scottsdale, AZ; Fort Polk, LA; Elon, NC; to name a few. Thank you to all those who ran, and who organized runs in your area. This was a great Veteran’s Day week. Thank you.

Now if we can just get Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly, or Matt Lauer to lace up their shoes and run…