Jolly Fat Man Run to help combat wounded -- Gazette.Net


On Dec. 15 there may be a bunch of jolly, fat men running in Bethesda.

Thatís just because the 17th annual Jolly Fat Manís Run is scheduled to take place that day.

The Sergeant's Program, which operates civilian military-style bootcamp classes through the Washington, D.C., region, has dragged its recruits, friends, and one Jolly Fat Man out of bed for a FUN run/walk down the Capital Crescent Trail for the last 17 years. This yearís race will help support Operation Second Chance, a program to serve wounded, injured and ill combat veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals.

Rob Grimes, CEO and president of The Sergeantís Program, said ďOperation Second Chance was a perfect choice for us and while it is not as well known as some of the larger programs supporting our wounded soldiers, it fills a much needed gap in providing support and services as they go through rehabilitation which can take several years after their initial hospital treatmentsĒ.

The Jolly Fat Manís Run begins with a warm-up led by head sergeant Chuck Dyson, followed by a walk or run of any distance on the Capital Crescent Trail. This year, members of Operation Second Chance also will be in attendance.

Registration for the Jolly Fat Manís run is $34 and participants receive a shirt, a post walk/run breakfast at RiRa and participation in a raffle and other events with prizes donated by local merchants to help support Operation Second Chance.

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