'Returning Warrior' race raises veteran awareness

'Returning Warrior' race raises veteran awareness


'Returning Warrior' race raises veteran awareness

November 12, 2016Updated Nov 12, 2016 at 4:20 PM EST

BINGHAMTON, NY (WBNG) — Around 250 runners raced through Otsiningo Park Saturday to raise awareness for a critical cause.

The Broome County Stop DWI program organized its annual “Returning Warrior” 10 and 5 mile race. The Veterans Day Weekend event honors our nation’s military, and brings attention to their safety back at home.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the number one cause of death for new veterans are automobile accidents.

“The aggressive driving techniques that service members are taught to keep themselves alive overseas become very deadly on the highways here at home,” Stop DWI coordinator Chris Marion explained.

David Finney ran in Saturday’s race, and as a former soldier, agreed.

“When you’re overseas and you see a carcass on the side of the road, you go away from it because there’s usually an IED in there, here, you see road kill all the time, you don’t worry about it,” Finney said, “When you’re overseas in the war zone, you own the road. You can drive anywhere you want, and everybody has to move for you. Here you share the road.”

Finney also said civilian cars are weaker than tanks and offer less protection, and there isn’t anyone else in a civilian car to help watch the road and objects surrounding it. He said he received training for the differences, which made the adjustment easier.

Saturday’s 10-mile race was won by Steve Esposito, 27, of Chenango Bridge, NY. Esposito also won the 10-mile in 2015.

The 5-mile race was won by Casey Ellis, 17, of Rome, PA. The top female finisher was Emily Kowalczik of Vestal.

Source: WBNG
'Returning Warrior' race raises veteran awareness

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