Bainbridge State College’s Student Veterans of America organization will host its Purple Heart 5K and one-mile walk, along with a newly added 10K run, on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 9 a.m.

The runs begin at the College, located at 2500 E. Shotwell St., and the races will all take place on the Bainbridge State campus. The courses consist of both asphalt road and cross-country terrain. The cross-country portion has rolling hills on packed dirt roads.

Proceeds from the runs go toward the Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group Inc., which is a non-profit organization for the benefit of wounded soldiers returning from active duty overseas. The purpose of Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group is to organize outdoor hunting events with their fellow wounded soldiers that would otherwise not have these opportunities afforded to them.

Dr. Eric Dueno, Bainbridge State associate professor of chemistry and co-organizer, said last year’s event raised more than $1,000, and organizers would like to exceed that amount this year.

Runners will each get a microfiber shirt and goody bags while supplies last.

Awards are for the top three runners in all categories.

The early registration fee is $15, and to register on the day of the race is $20.

To register, go to

For more information, contact Dr. Dueno at (229) 248-2577 or Dr. Juan Gomez at (229) 248-2634.


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