SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearly four-hundred people participated in the fourth annual Meals on Wheels Veterans 5K at Riverside Park.
Runners and walkers were welcomed by an Honor Guard at the finish line. A surprise that had participants calling it the best ending they'd seen to a race.
Participation has quadrupled since it started with just 80 racers.
The 5K raised money for Meals on Wheels Spokane. Sixty percent of the meals they deliver to seniors on a daily basis, are veterans. Last year they provided 110,000 meals. This year they are projecting they will deliver nearly 125,000.
Mollie Dalpae, executive director of Meals on Wheels Spokane says , “my seniors, who are veterans and need a meal every day and a visit by us, they've done so much. Its the least we can do to bring them a meal and a hug.”
The meal delivery service for seniors says sixty percent of those they provide daily meals to, are veterans.
The Veterans 5K was also a chance to honor those who have served as each participant was given a flag to place on a veteran's grave at the end of the race.
They also had the opportunity to check out a World War II jeep while enjoying chili and warm cider.
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