Record Setting Cowtown Is Special For Veterans
Nearly 27,000 people turned out for the 35th Cowtown in Fort Worth
Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News
A group of military veterans is among the thousands who ran The Cowtown 2013.
Among those pounding the pavement at Sunday’s Cowtown Marathon was Team Red, White and Blue, a group that helps veterans returning from deployments.
"Through physical fitness I overcame my injuries and I’m pretty much a 100 percent again," Army Major Jonathan Silk, a member of the group said.
Major Silk was deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been part of the running group for nearly two years.
"When they [veterans] come back into their community they may not know anybody, they may be isolated," Major Silk said. "Well through physical fitness, it's a shared experience, it's a bonding experience."
"And through those type of events you create a new tight cohesive team," Major Silk said. "That's what we want to do at a community level."
It's that type of bonding that Paige Dunn needed after returning from the Navy in Virginia.
"I hadn't really come home much so I came back to a scattered group of friends," Dunn said.
Nearly 27,000 people participated in the 35th annual Cowtown.
“We increased about 1200 from last year," Heidi Swartz, executive director of the Cowtown said. "It's the most we've had it's a great way to celebrate our anniversary."
For Team Red, White and Blue, the marathon signifies so much more.
"To start a new family here in Texas is just amazing for me," Dunn said.