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Army Officers Take 6-Day, 500-Mile Run To Ground Zero

Relay Raised Funds For Nonprofit To Benefit Veterans
Army Officers' Freedom Run

A small group of U.S. Army officers made a 500-mile relay run from North Carolina to ground zero. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A small group of U.S. Army officers arrived at ground zero in Lower Manhattan, concluding a six-day, 500-mile relay run.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the army officers carried American flags as they were cheered on by family and friends for the last few feet of the Freedom Run.

“It was pretty brutal,” admitted Lt. Philip Cotter.

The relay went nonstop, with one of the seven army officers on the road at all times, day and night, for all six days.

“The legs held up okay,” said First Lt. Pat Thompson. “I think all of us had some soreness throughout the week, no question about it.”

The officers set out from their alma mater, Duke University, and Cotter said they kept in mind fellow soldiers overseas as they ran.

“At least it’s not super-hot in the deserts of Afghanistan; at least we’re not wearing kit right now,” he said.

Army Officers' Freedom Run

A small group of U.S. Army officers made a 500-mile relay run from North Carolina to ground zero. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

The journey raised more than $40,000 for The Mission Continues, a group helping vets transition back to civilian life.

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