A Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk in Manchester Saturday, Oct. 3 will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization supporting wounded service veterans.
Manchester resident Kory Wulfekuhle is organizing the event and said it’s an organization that helped him after he returned from Afghanistan as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard in 2011.
“When I came back from overseas, I came back with some issues – anxiety, PTSD and some other things,” he explained. “That organization really helped me transition back into civilian life. They were really great people to work with. I told myself I needed to do something to give back to such a great organization.”
The race will begin at 9 a.m. from the Beckman Sports Complex. Wulfekuhle is asking participants to arrive between 8 – 8:15 a.m. for a special pre-race ceremony. Guest speaker Dan Miller, a former Marine, will talk about how the Wounded Warrior Project helped him. Miller served his country for 30 years, five in active duty and 25 as a reservist.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. “They help with PTSD, depression and anxiety, but also help soldiers having struggles with finances or finding a job. They assist them getting the right help and the right tools they need,” Wulfekuhle said.
The event is also open to walkers as well as runners. In addition, Manchester American Legion Post 45 will be on hand to present the colors and the National Anthem will be sung before the race.
Registration is $35, with Wednesday, Sept. 15 being the last day to register. Those wishing to register may do so through a link on the Facebook page, Wounded Warrior Delaware County 5K Run/Walk.