DAV 5K expected to draw 3,000 people to honor military veterans

5K raises awareness about issues injured vets face
Posted at 8:25 AM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 12:16:47-04

CINCINNATI -- At least 3,000 people were expected to run, walk, roll and ride around downtown Cincinnati Saturday morning in honor of America's veterans.

The DAV 5K, which started at Sawyer Point, is an annual race to thank those who served in the United States military and raise awareness about the issues ill and injured veterans face every day.

"It's such a great way to bring the veteran community and civilian community all under one umbrella. You'll see things out here today, like people with race bibs on their back that says I'm running in memory of a mother, a grandfather, my brother who's deployed right now. So this event allows people to honor the service that veterans made for this nation," said Steve Wilson, assistant national director of communications for DAV.

DAV, or Disabled American Veterans, has its headquarters in Cold Spring, Kentucky, with 1,3000 chapters nationwide.

The 5K began at 9 a.m. All veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard and ROTC or service academy cadets were eligible for exclusive benefits on race day, including free registration. Veterans also could participate in the DAV 5K using a wheelchair or handcycle.

Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11.