The Old Glory Run May 21 - Local couple serve veterans in unique way

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The Minn. Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV) would like to make you aware of THE OLD GLORY RUN scheduled for May 21, in Cold Spring.

This year's event is the fourth annual event that was organized and coordinated by Curt and Pam Karls of Cold Spring who have given their time and talents to an event where all proceeds go to the DAV of MN Foundation. These proceeds are designated for projects/programs serving veterans at the St. Cloud VAMC and other disabled veteran programs in the surrounding areas. This past summer a new van was delivered to the VAMC, and is being used to transport veterans in need of a ride to and from their medical appointments at the St. Cloud VAMC, thanks to the proceeds from last year's event. In addition, funds were used to provide for the disabled veterans turkey and deer hunts at Camp Ripley organized by the St. Cloud VAMC.

The website with the information on the event is at www.theoldgloryrun.com. The coordinators of the event can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local couple serve veterans in unique way

The Old Glory Run in Cold Spring; how this all got started

Pam and Curt Karls' story

A few years ago, I read several articles about servicemen that had been injured in the war. Missing limbs and struggling to find their place back home, they found the strength to move forward, to take their injuries and move forward with life in a new way. I was in awe of their strength and determination while also feeling a deep sorrow for the pain they have endured. I laid awake for many nights wondering how I might be able to help them in some way, how could I help all of the people coming back who gave so much for our freedom. Many different thoughts entered my mind, but were dismissed almost as quickly as they had entered. Nothing seemed right.

Several months went by and I was busy preparing for the Red River Run, which is a road race featuring a 5K, 10K and 1K Kids Fun Run. Race day, July 28, 2007, was a beautiful day for running and proved to be a day that I would always remember. You see, it isn't often that something touches you in a way that will change who you are and what you do.

That day the finish line was busy and chaotic at times, but everything seemed to stop for a moment. Crossing the finish line for the 5K was a man running with a prosthetic leg. We were simply amazed. As we congratulated him on his finish, we couldn't help but feel a sense of awe at this man's strength and determination. He checked his time, compared it to his son's time and simply went on his way. This same man e-mailed us a few days later to thank us for having the run and to offer some suggestions for the race for those with disabilities such as him. After a series of e-mails back and forth, he told us he had lost his leg in the 90s while serving in the Persian Gulf War. Prior to the war he was an active runner, he told us how running now helped him to feel normal again.

It was after that e-mail that Curt and I started talking about offering a new event that would be dedicated to all of the people that have and are serving. This event could be so many things, an event that would give something back to those that serve, a simple thank you, an inspiration, a reminder. This event could be used to teach our youth about patriotism, freedom and the fact that our freedom is not at all free.

Our excitement began to build the more and more we talked about the event, and then it hit me, all of a sudden it all made sense, after all of those sleepless nights of trying to find a way to help the injured soldiers returning home, I had found something that I am extremely passionate about and I could use that passion to help those who serve.

And so, The Old Glory RunÐA Salute to those Who Serve, was created.

Please join us on May 21, 2011, as a participant, sponsor, volunteer and/or a spectator.

Once again, this year, all proceeds for our event will go to the DAV of MN Foundation to be used by them to serve veterans, especially disabled veterans in our

St. Cloud area community. We are so proud to have played a key financial role with funds raised last year in funding a brand new van used by the DAV and the

St. Cloud VA Medical Center to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Center.

Pam and Curt Karls,

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