WASHINGTON D.C. - There were at least 26,000 motivations for running in the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs 24th annual Aca,!A"Ten MilerAca,!A? here Saturday. Among the multitude of athletes was one San Antonian who pushed passed his pain and war wounds to honor fellow wounded warriors and his Fort Sam Houston-based unit. Sgt. 1st Class Roger Garcia, 34, the Operations Sergeant for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief at U.S. Army South, said that one of the most interesting aspects of the run was seeing wounded warriors participate.

Aca,!A"They motivate me,Aca,!A? said Garcia, still soaking in sweat after the race. One of 13 team members from U.S. Army South, Garcia earned a Purple Heart and an award for valor in 2003 when his armored personnel carrier came under fire in Iraq. He pushes past his back injury now, inspired by his own sense of esprit de corps and the example set by disabled persons who persevere.

IAca,!a,,cm not sure how fast I ran, I just kept looking forward, Garcia said. This was GarciaAca,!a,,cs first trip to Washington, D.C., and seeing his nationAca,!a,,cs capitol was a special thrill.

I liked the fact that we worked closely with the Brazilian team, he said, referring to members of the Brazilian armed forces. Several of the Brazilians took top honors in the race and are partnered with U.S. Army South for a host of regional cooperation missions in Central and South America. In the coming months Garcia will continue to participate in training that helps other countries in Central and South America.

Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs time to prepare for next year,Aca,!A? Garcia said.

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