The Joppatowne High School PTSA and Athletic Boosters hosted their first Wounded Warrior Community 5K Run/Walk at Joppatowne High on Saturday to assist members of the armed services who have been injured in the line of duty.
Far exceeding expectations for its first year, organizers said the student-led event brought out more than 300 community members and raised in excess of $6,000.
Among those participating were more than 30 veterans, who were honored in the opening ceremony and received a unique event shirt.
All proceeds from the Wounded Warrior 5K will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.
The 5K was held over the Joppatowne High School nature course, which volunteers worked hard to prepare ahead of the event. The Marine Corps brought in 50 recruits and Marines to help man water stations, direct participants and discuss career opportunities.
The event also was part of the Harford County Public Schools service learning requirement for graduation, for which the students were honored at a county-wide ceremony two weeks ago at the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School for their vision, planning, and lofty goal.
"My family had the pleasure of participating in the WW5K at JHS this past Saturday. It was a wonderful event that helped raise money for a cause that is near to my family's heart," said Lisa Foley, a participant and a Joppatowne High parent. "As a child of a wounded veteran I can't think of a better cause to give to. The students and community of Joppatowne came together and put on a seamless event. We can't wait till next year's event."
Organizers said the students are already excited to grow the event for next year by going deeper into the community and potentially doubling participation.