First "Battle Run" raises money for soldier support organization

First "Battle Run" raises money for soldier support organization

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Veterans, their families and other members of the Hattiesburg community gathered at Anatomies Family Fitness Center Saturday to raise money for a newly-formed organization that helps soldiers in need.

They took part in the inaugural "Battle Run and Fitness Festival." It was a 5-K event with seven different and challenging obstacles.

All proceeds went to "Chaplain's Well."

That organization, founded earlier this year, gives financial support to National Guard soldiers and helps them readjust to civilian life after deployment or mobilization.

"A lot of times after deployments and things of that nature, sometimes soldiers need a little bit of help just getting back in the work force or getting back integrated," said Lt.Col. Diedre Smith, of the Mississippi National Guard, who was a run volunteer and participant. "Whatever that need is, the Chaplain's Well stands in to help out."

"I think it's an amazing race," said 2nd Lt. Nikita McInnis, of the Mississippi National Guard's 3656th Maintenance Company. "I think we had to utilize a lot of our soldiering skills today and we had to work on our teamwork and build team camaraderie and it was great to be able to do it with guys from my unit."

More than 60 teams participated in the "Battle Run."