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Army ROTC 5K benefits Honor Flight Chapter

It was an early Saturday morning for several runners on the South Plains, as the second annual Texas Tech University Army ROTC 5K kicked off.

The marathon raised money to benefit the Lubbock South Plains Honor Flight Chapter, which helps pay for veterans to take a trip to see Washington, D.C. war memorials.

John Merchant, a veteran who was at the marathon and went on a previous honor flight, said it's a trip veterans appreciate.

"It costs a lot of money to send over 250 veterans and their guardians to Washington, D.C.," Merchant said. "It costs over $350,000. So our small contribution, they really appreciate it. It means a whole lot because I went years ago and I really enjoyed it."

Runners in the marathon also said that it's a great event because it gives them the opportunity to show their gratitude to those who serve our country.

Marlon Williams was one of the participants in the race, and he said he did it for family.

"It means a lot just because I've seen my dad do 23 years in the military," Williams said, "and everything he has sacrificed and all the dedication he's had. And so I just feel like being somebody who is not active in the military, coming out and just showing them that you appreciate what they do is big."

Last year, the race was able to raise $5,000. Organizers and supporters hope this year's race raised even more.

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