Runners brave winter for benefit race
February 3, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Hundreds of runners helping wounded warriors in the Chicago area gathered at soldier field for the Chi-Town Big Game 5/10K races taking them along Chicago's snowy and cold lakefront.
To them, it was well worth it.
Ask avid runners why they dedicate their time and energy for these races and the answer is simple.
"I love to run, and if I can like help other people in my community especially for a great cause like (Sunday), that would be awesome," said Carina Borst.
Borst is one of 2,000 runners that came out to Sunday's Chi-Town Big Game race.
The event took place along the lake, where the big puffy flakes and light wind made for a pretty scene.
Afterwards, runners got a chance to stretch their legs and give local vets a chance to say thank you.
About $70,000 raised will help vets like Phil Bell, who was wounded while serving in Iraq.
"I took injuries to my back, I ended up fracturing my spine, I have tons of shrapnel throughout my back, so I was basically told I'd never run again and strenuous activities do affect me," bell said.
Homes For Heroes helped out, putting a new roof on Bell's home when it leaked, something he could no longer do himself.
The money raised will go a long way.
"Our normal retrofit to help do a bathroom or a wheelchair accessible lift averages about $1000-2500, so if it's $25,000, $35,000, $75,000. It doesn't matter, we can make it work and help as many veterans as possible," said Bill Johnson, Homes For Heroes founder.
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