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Vets And Volunteers Race To Raise Funds For Wounded Service Members

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By Jessica Jordan

More than 180 military veterans and volunteers hit the Potomac River today for the Sixth Annual Team River Runner Biathalon.

The ultimate goal for these runners and kayakers isn't just to make it to the finish line. They are working to raise $40,000 to support Team River Runner. A nonprofit group that assists wounded active duty service members and veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Joe Mornini, executive director of Team River Runner, says many of the wounded service members registered for today's race have overcome obstacles like reconstructive leg surgery and brain trauma.

"It's unbelievable. I think you get a new appreciation for endurance and just never giving up. These young men and women who have served our country. They paddle with us, they look for opportunities to help others," Mornini says.

Many of the race participants come from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Medical Centers.

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