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Military charity run to come through Albany

ALBANY, Ga. -- Some of the nation's elite military and public safety operators will run through Albany Monday as part of a 625-mile fundraiser for the families of injured special forces soldiers.

OperationOneVoice.org is sponsoring the event that will have special forces, federal, state and local law enforcement, firefighters and military personnel run from Duluth to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices of special forces soldiers.

Some of the runners will join with local Marines from MCLB-Albany and local law enforcement personnel Monday to run through town to Veterans Park downtown for a ceremony honoring their service and sacrifice.

"It's just such a great event, it would be a shame if these incredible individuals made the effort to stop in Albany and had no one to greet them, so we're trying to drum up support for the event," Albany Safe Communities Coordinator Michele Strickland said.

Operation One Voice is a nonprofit organization that works to provide resources and help to families of special forces operators. To date, the organization has raised more than $166,000 for educational scholarships and opportunities for the children of special forces soldiers and has provided much more in stop-gap funding for families struggling to provide support for their loved ones injured during service overseas.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, the runners will be joined by 16 Marines from MCLB-Albany, who will run through the city to the park downtown. An 11 a.m. ceremony will include the presentation of a city proclamation to the group.

Strickland said that anyone wishing to come out can park at the Civic Center parking lot and cheer the group on as it runs down Oglethorpe or can line Oglethorpe on their own.