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Run for the Heroes is huge success

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Five years ago John Teeples knocked on the door of House of Heroes, a non-profit organization that assists military veterans and their spouses with repairs to their homes at no charge. He said, "Hi my name is John Teeples and I'm going to run across the state and raise money for you and promote your name." They looked at him and thought he was crazy.

Fast forward to five years later, Run for the Heroes has raised over $380,000 the last 5 years and has supported military veterans and their families all over the country.

232 runners participated in this year's 5-day, 260-mile run that begins in Fort Stewart and ends in Columbus. This year's race raised over $150,000.

First-time race participant David Archibeque's said, "The race means a lot to us, because you can see it being paid forward. The veterans before us who served who've fallen on hard times, who can't get repairs. There's an outlet out there for us should that happen to us."

John Teeples began the race five years ago and the race has grown every single year. He has big dreams for next year's turnout.

"I never dreamed it would be all these people and all these things and I only think it will grow," Teeples said. "I hope for about 3 times the amount of people for next year."

If you would like to donate or volunteer with House of Heroes, you can visit their web site at

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