For years, Aggies have linked arms with other Aggies to raise awareness, serve communities, and create the leaders of tomorrow. Of the many movements, Run of Heroes is just one testament of the integrity and humility that is found across the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Run of Heroes is orchestrated by Squadron 17, a living memorial within the Corps of Cadets,  that honors the 7 brave astronauts who lost their lives in the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.

Run of Heroes is an annual 5k run across the campus of Texas A&M. The run raises money to supports Aggie student veterans with all proceeds going to the Lending Library. This library provides access to free textbooks for student veterans, and with the money raised by Run of Heroes, more books will be bought and damaged ones will be replaced.

Matthew Wilke ‘20, an Air Force contract cadet at Texas A&M in Squadron 17, constructed the first 5k run last year and has created an additional mission for second Run of Heroes 5k.

“This year our mission is the same as last year’s with one exception,” Matthew said. “If we break our goal of $10,000 profit, we will be purchasing Aggie rings for veterans on top of donating $10,000 to the Lending Library.”

Matthew and his team saw this project as an opportunity to thank those who have served, or are currently serving, our wonderful country. Although the gesture could never fully measure up to thank those who have sacrificed it all, Squadron 17 strives to honor veterans through Run of Heroes and provide them with resources to continue making an impact on today’s world. Squadron 17 welcomes all to join them this year on April 6th and link arms once again to support those who served so selflessly for the United States of America.

The Run of Heroes 5K is part of the National Public Health Week which kicks off on Monday, April 1st. Squadron 17 is partnering with the School of Public Health to execute the 5K on Saturday, April 6th at 8:30am on the Quad at Texas A&M University. The event is open to everyone. For more details on the National Public Health Week events, visit NPHW Events.

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