Olympia man’s Run with a Soldier idea could become new running tradition

Run with a Soldier, a new 5-kilometer run, is scheduled for Nov. 9 at The Evergreen State College.

Registration for the Verterans Day weekend race starts at 8:15 a.m. and costs $40. The race starts at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the race visit runwithasoldier.com.

The run is part of a USA Track and Field initiative designed to motivate runners across the country to connect with people who have served in the armed forces. Runners are encouraged to run along side service men and women in local races, according to a statement released by USATF.

The release credits Bryan Hoddle, an accomplished Olympia coach, for creating the event. Hoddle helps soldiers recuperate from injuries sustained in battle.

“I knew USATF was exactly where I should start with this program because our sport changes people,” Hoddle said in the prepared statement. “Running is healthy for both the body and mind. I realized that we could make Veterans Day so much more impactful by joining forces with the sport’s governing body to hopefully start a national running tradition.”