INDIANAPOLIS - An estimated 35,000 people participated in the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon on Saturday, including at least two cadets from the ROTC program at IUPUI.
Cadets Collin White and Gabe Woodruff stabbed on their boots and 35 pounds of gear to march the mini-marathon to help support the service men and women who have come before them.
"Regardless of what their political affiliation is, regardless of what they thought, regardless of their religion, national origin, at the end of the day, they answered their country's call. And it's about time we give back to them," White said. "And that's what we want to do here today."
The pair used the mini to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which provides job training and mentoring to veterans wounded in action following 9/11.
"This is an epidemic," Woodruff said. "We have 22 soldiers a day that are taking their own lives. It's 22. That's one every 65 minutes."
White and Woodruff finished the mini-marathon in less than 3 hours, and came close to their fundraising goal of $1,000.
But, the cadets said, the experience was more important than the numbers.
"The fact that we've been able to make a difference – it means a lot," Woodruff said.
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