Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
Fort Campbell's Division Parade Field was packed with about 1,000 runners for the 8th Annual USO Ten Miler, 5K, and Free Fun Run.
“This year marked the 8th anniversary of this event,” USO's Kari Moore said. “We raised money for the mission of the USO locally, which covers Tennessee and Kentucky, including the USO Fort Campbell and USO Nashville. Everyone had a fun, albeit chilly morning.”
This year, about 800 runners pre-registered for the event, which had in recent years been run off post. The move created a slightly easier course as well as greater access to parking, restrooms and other facilities.
Funds raised will provide support for Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Troops. Moore eagerly shared her thoughts on the purpose of the event.
“The USO strengthens America's military members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation,” Moore said. “That is our mission statement.”