Loading…
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsLocal
Published: Saturday, 8/25/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

'Heroes in Action' run to raise funds

BLADE STAFF
U.S. Army Specialist Patti Swayka, of Wisconsin, is the first woman to cross the finish line in the "Heroes in Action" 5K race. U.S. Army Specialist Patti Swayka, of Wisconsin, is the first woman to cross the finish line in the "Heroes in Action" 5K race.
THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER Enlarge | Buy This Photo

A few hundred people headed to Toledo today for the "Heroes in Action" 5K to support active service members, veterans and their families.

The race route couldn't have looked more patriotic with the U.S. Navy vessels on the Maumee River in port for Navy Week.

Many runners were in the military themselves or had family members who served.

One runner, Katie Tafelski, 17, a Notre Dame Academy senior, finished just shy of 29 minutes after she trained every day this summer for her first 5K race.

She ran despite having asthma.

"I'm used to having to work through it," said Katie, whose grandfather was a captain in the U.S. Marines and served in the Korean War.

The Blade and the "Heroes in Action Organization" sponsored the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund support services and care packages for active service members, veterans and their families.

This is a developing story.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories







Poll