Soldiers, spouses run for Wounded Warrior Project
Capt. Jonathan Pankake, participating in the Running of the Herd event, runs through the hall of heroes set up on command post Baraki Barack in Afghanistan Nov. 8. A total of 140 Comanche Troop Soldiers, from the 1st Squadron 91st Cavalry Regiment, ran more than 1200 miles to help raise over $70,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- In the early morning darkness 140 Comanche Troop Soldiers, from the 1st Squadron 91st Cavalry Regiment currently stationed at command outpost Baraki Barack in Afghanistan, ran more than 1200 miles helping raise over $70,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 8 as a part of the Running of the Herd event.

The sixth annual Running of the Herd event is a 24-hour relay run where participants from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team run in remembrance of their wounded warriors and fallen heroes.

During the one day event seven spouses in Schweinfurt ran 2 miles each for a combined 14 miles raising an additional $10,000, while 26 teams completed 519 five-mile laps in Bamberg, Germany.

Sgt. Derek Stutz, the Comanche Troop Senior Medic who organized the satellite Running of the Herd on Baraki Barack, ran for 12 continuous hours on a quarter mile lap at the command outpost completing a distance of 55 miles.

The course was lined with signs containing the names of fellow fallen Soldiers and wounded warriors. The signs were placed every 25ft. Soldiers also ran under the unit and brigade flags in the hall of heroes stretch of the course.

The annual event is held on the 8th of November to commemorate the 48 Americans who died on Nov. 8, 1965, during Operation Hump in Vietnam when the brigade was ambushed by Viet Cong fighters.

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