By Oliver Lazenby
A benefit run in Blaine to take place this Saturday, November 12, will raise money for the local chapter of the Wounded Warriors Project, a national nonprofit that provides services to veterans who were wounded in military operations after September 11, 2001.
The H Street Hell Challenge run was organized by the Blaine Runners Group and is a 5.65-mile run or walk on trails in Lincoln Park, off H Street in Blaine. Runners will make four loops, ringing a cowbell and getting cheered on by local soldiers at the end of every lap, said event organizer Greg Nuzum.
The run has a military theme and participants are encouraged to wear camouflage paint. The fastest runner gets a pair of golden boots and all finishers get a medal.
Nuzum started the Blaine Runners Group four years ago and has organized several fun runs that have raised money and donations for local causes.
Nuzum is hoping to host monthly runs after the H Street Hell Challenge. Next, he wants to have a toy drive run.
“This is my opportunity to give back,” he said. “I came from a broken home and didn’t have a nice childhood. Knowing that I could help a child have a meal was my main focus. The kids don’t choose to be in the situation they’re in.”
The run starts at 10:15 a.m. and costs $20 for civilians and $15 for those in the military. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Wounded Warriors Project.
RSVP for the event at blainerunnersgroup.weebly.com.