Running to support returning veterans

By Brandi Bailey

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a race that supports local veterans returning home and adjusting to civilian life.

Broome County is hosting the first Warrior 10 Miler run to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

The run will take place on Nov. 9 at Otsiningo Park.

It's designed to raise awareness about struggles veterans experience when returning from military to civilian life.

The run focuses specifically on the driving habits of veterans returning home.

Techniques like driving in the middle of the road, speeding through intersections, and changing lanes beneath an underpass are not acceptable tactics in civilian driving, even though they're taught in combat situations.

"As a community, we need to be able to provide the resources for these people to create education and awareness of the issues these veterans are going to face once they get behind the wheel of a car," said Veteran and Broome County Deputy, Matt Barcak.

For those who don't want to run the full 10-mile course, there's an option for a five-mile run. There's also a fun-run for kids who just want to show support for local veterans and have fun.

The course stays completely within Otsiningo Park.

Registration is $35 per person, $20 for veterans and $150 for a team of five runners.