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Marines to pass through Auburn during fundraising run Sunday
For the Reporter
Marines and other military personnel will run early Sunday through Auburn as part of the Always Brothers for One Mind Run fundraising event.
Mayor Pete Lewis will be waiting at the intersection of West Main Street and the Interurban Trail for a group of former Marines, veterans and supporters who will be running through Auburn to raise funds and awareness for veterans issues. They will be running on the Interurban Trail from Pacific and are due to cross West Main between 12:15 and 1 a.m.
"I know that it's way past most of our bedtimes but it's important to me to be there to cheer on the runners and to show them Auburn supports veterans," Lewis said. "They will have already relayed from Lake Washington, through Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Buckley, South Prairie, Orting, Sumner and Pacific and will come through Auburn on their way back to Seattle."
Runners will pass through Kent at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Foster Park, South 259th Street and 74th Avenue South, according to city officials.
The group is called "Always Brothers," former Marines who served on Presidential Guard Duty, stationed at Marine Security Company Camp David or the White House Communications Agency (WHCA).
What started out as a handful of former Marines now encompass veterans from all branches of the military, civilians, friends, and family members. Each year they run 100 miles to raise awareness and funds for the families of fellow veterans.
This year the run is in Washington to coincide with the Marine Corps' fourth annual Marine Week activities, which is taking place in Seattle from Aug. 5-11.
Proceeds from the run will be donated to One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization that supports the treatment and research of brain disease such as post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). One Mind for Research is led by CEO Pete Chiarelli; U.S. Army General (retired) who as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, led the Dept. of Defense's efforts on PTS, TBI and suicide prevention.
"Running 100 miles in 24 hours won't be easy, but it's nothing compared to what soldiers with PTS and TBI face," said former Marine Dan Neilsen, Maple Valley resident and vice president of Always Brothers.
Some runners will run the entire 100 miles while others will run as part of a team, with each team member running 5- to 25-mile legs. Participants will stick together the entire way, raising awareness of brain diseases and the stigma associated with them.
"Auburn has a great reputation of supporting and recognizing veterans," Lewis said. "I'll be at West Main and the Interurban Trail at midnight, Aug. 11. I invite community leaders, veterans, and interested citizens to help me cheer on the Always Brothers runners."
For more information, visit alwaysbrothers.org.