“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Rick Heppard, veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom.

It was a cool and cloudy morning. The runners began at 6am, with the sun just coming up. “I was a little worried that it would be a really tough run as I hadn’t put a lot of training miles in earlier in the month due to vacation and some back pain. Maybe the rest did me some good as I felt pretty good throughout the run,” shared Heppard.

His running partner, Bobby Brooks, veteran, Operation Desert Storm, and Heppard hadn’t talked much during the month and they enjoyed chatting while they ran. “Running with someone definitely makes long distances easier to do. Talking as you go helps you not think about the miles,” Heppard said.

They stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get some coffee along the way for a pick me up. “We live in wonderful little town, and I always enjoy seeing it in the early morning when its still quiet especially main street. We found ourselves winding our way on roads that are off the beaten path,” said Heppard.

“We love to run by the flag hanging across Frytown Road. I bet there is a lot of people who didn’t even know its there,” he added.

Running for Heroes is running to raise money for a tiny village for veterans but they also give to other veterans organizations each time they run a marathon.