Two distance runs set for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

Once on a beach run, a group of stingrays swam along with her, tracking her for a few miles, she said. Last year during the 50-mile run, she found live starfish and even a sea horse that she stooped to toss back into the waves.

She hopes to complete this year’s race in about 12 hours.

Twenty-five relay teams also will be running the 50 miles. Two of those teams are deployed, but will start their race at the same time as the runners in Destin, Holscher said.

On Saturday, for runners not quite up for the endurance challenge, the Son of Beach 5K and Cross Fit challenge will be held at the Back Porch restaurant. Registration is still open; at least 65 people already have signed up.

Saturday’s events will be dedicated to the crew of Ratchet 33, the U-28 plane that crashed about one year ago, killing all four Hurlburt airmen onboard.

People are invited to Tops’l to cheer on the runners Sunday, especially those vying for the 24-hour record.

“They are going to be needing some cheering on by Sunday morning, for sure by Sunday afternoon,” Holscher said.

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