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24 hour walk/run honors American heroes

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - As runners approached the 24-hour mark of the 4th Annual Remembrance Walk/Run, those who put in the most miles said it was all for an important cause.

"This is kind of my way of giving back to the military," David Gries, with the Knights of Columbus, said.

Throughout the past 24 hours, runners said veterans have been in the back of their minds with every step they take.

"Knowing that I could sacrifice my body for this amount of time doesn't compare to the sacrifice the soldiers did for us, for our freedom," David Romo, with Missouri River Runners, said.

Romo was out on the track at Memorial Field since the event started at noon on Friday.

"I've put in 52 miles, which is equivalent to two marathons," Romo said.

But, unlike many other races he's competed in, Romo said this one was for himself and for our country's heroes. While out on the track, he said there was a lot of discussion about veterans and wartime, and it's a good time to connect with others.

"I think I'm doing a lot of socializing also, a lot of walking, and just finding friends, and meeting friends, a lot of handshakes," Romo said.

"Most of the people you see out here have a relative that's in the service, or they're part of the 185th or 113th cav," Race Director Marty Hogan said.

"My dad, my step-dad, my cousins. I owe it to everybody else, everybody that served to protect our country, and died to protect us" Gries said.

And, stride by stride, these heroes were remembered.

The money raised will go to the Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City, Nebraska. 
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