GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of runners met in Gulfport early Saturday morning for a little healthy competition, and it was all for a great cause. The second annual Salute to the Military 5K took off at 8 a.m.
Rep. Steven Palazzo partnered with the Gulf Coast Combat Readiness Training Center to organize the event. All proceeds from the foot-race went to Rivers of Recovery, an organization that helps wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors.
Overall, Palazzo said the morning was a success and even gave the public a rare glimpse inside the CRTC base.
"Everybody seems to have had a great time. For some people, this is the only time that they get to see what's inside the gate," said Palazzo.
"It was a time that we could come together and support our military, which is always a good event to come to. So, that's way you come. You give to the community. You're able to run, exercise a little bit," said runner Sawyer Walters.
The 5K raised about $10,000 for the Rivers of Recovery program.