Runners lace up to honor military members for Long Island Run for the Warriors
The frigid weather Saturday morning didn't stop more than 700 athletes from racing up their sneakers and hitting the pavement to honor U.S. military members.
It marked the 12th annual Long Island Run for the Warriors at Cedar Beach. The 10-mile race along Ocean Parkway aims to recognize the sacrifice of service members who were wounded since 9/11.
The event is organized by the group Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit that helps restore a sense of family, self, and hope to service members, their families, and the families of the fallen.
The race is adaptive-equipment friendly so that everyone can participate, including wounded veterans.
"Seeing all the flags, seeing the people in uniform, seeing unfortunately the pictures of those who have lost their lives and given the ultimate sacrifice. The cold is nothing compared to that," said Mark Custodio, of Dix Hills.
Along with the 10-mile race, there was also a 5K and 1-mile run.
Organizers say this year's event has raised tens of thousands of dollars that will be used to help veterans and their families.