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Third Annual Southwestern Scorcher

Third Annual Southwestern Scorcher

LAWTON, Okla_Lawton runners and walkers laced up their best running shoes and braved the heat Saturday morning during the Third Annual Southwestern Scorcher. 

There was a 5k, a kids fun run and a physical fitness challenge for those who didn't want to pound the pavement. 

Over 200 participants turned out to get an active start to their Saturday morning all while supporting our nation's heroes. 
 
They came from near and far. For some it was a little early, and true to the name it was hot. But one thing is for sure they all raced for an excellent cause.

"To help donate money to help wounded soldiers and their families, " said participant Staff Sergeant Justin Hall.

The Southwestern Medical Center team chose to make the Wounded Warrior Transitional Unit at Fort Sill the focus of their efforts not only because it's a worthy cause, but also because their goals are one in the same.

"We focus on total health. Mind, body and soul. And with physical activity you not only help your body get  fit, you help your mind, you have that time to release anxiety, stress. There's no better time to do that than through exercise, " said Christy Clark of Southwestern Medical Center. 

And in true Lawton fashion, the military was widely represented in the race.
Sill soldiers and loved ones from across the country didn't back down from yet another opportunity to serve. 

"It's great to get everybody together -- including soldiers -- for a cause, " said participant Tim Lewin. 

Many of the people in the race have seen their loved ones affected first hand by the work of the Wounded Warrior Project. 

They said their work does everything from help counsel the soldiers when coming home from combat to helping the most severely wounded receive prosthetic limbs as a small gesture to get them on the road back to normalcy. 

The soldiers present said every dime given to their wounded brothers and sisters is put to good use, and they can't imagine a better reason to brave the scorching Southwest Oklahoma sun.

"Every soldier that's wounded in combat can be helped tremendously through the Wounded Warrior program, " said Staff Sergeant Justin Hall.

"It affects them 100%. A lot of this money goes straight into the soldiers. It couldn't get any better, " said Staff Sergeant Josh Boswell.

They estimate to have raked in around six thousand dollars. All of which will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Transitional Unit at Fort Sill.
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