Veterans and first responders compete in first annual Warrior Race featuring obstacle courses

Updated: Jan. 12, 2020 at 5:18 PM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A group of veterans and first responders competed in the first annual Warrior Race at TreeUmph Adventure Course in Bradenton.

“We’ve noticed though our organization, that competition builds comradery so we’re out here fellowshipping, sharing the love though Christ and action," said Matthew Burke, Executive Director of 10-Can.

10-Can serves veterans, first responders and their families.

Vanessa Pacheco, who is married to a veteran, said, ”10-Can has really got him into the mindset of enjoying the outdoors and enjoying family and they never leave the family out. So it doesn’t separate the veteran from the family, which is amazing.”

Members of the military, law enforcement or firefighters can suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or suicide. TreeUmph Adventure Course partnered with 10-Can to help them find an outlet.

“We’re serving in the military or some kind of law enforcement or public service, that maybe had some struggles that came back to use that outdoor that active stuff to kinda help turn things around get them back the way they were before," said Jason Pitsas of TreeUmp.

10-Can says their purpose is to get veterans and first responders outside and moving.

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