Operation One Voice and the Duluth Police Department will host the 8th Special Operations Forces Run Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The run, involving 24 law enforcement and military officials, will start at 8 a.m. at Duluth City Hall and continue around-the-clock in a relay fashion until the runners reach MacDill AFB, FL, about 550 miles away.
The runners include representatives of the Tallahassee Police Department and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. federal agents, state troopers, military Special Operations Forces from Tampa, FL, and Naval Special Warfare from Little Creek, VA.
The run is “a great opportunity for different communities and law enforcement agencies to come together in support of our fallen military,” said Duluth Police Lt. Bill Stevens, organizer of the event and founder of Operation One Voice, in a press release announcing the event.
“Every law enforcement agency along the route is involved in many ways, including making sure our runners travel safely along the roads.” The run would not be possible without support from local, state and federal branches of law enforcement, Stevens said.
This year’s Special Operations Forces Run will honor 31 Naval Special Warfare and Navy Seal members who lost their lives on Aug. 6, 2011, during an attack on their Chinook helicopter.
The group, which included a Naval Special Warfare K9, was flying in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on a mission to capture a high value target when the helicopter was shot down by enemy fire causing the helicopter to crash killing all on board.
Joining the 8th Special Operations Run team for the first mile will be Parkview High School’s Marine Cops Jr. ROTC Cadets. This leg of the run will start on Main Street in front of Duluth City Hall and head northbound on Buford Highway amidst a display of flag markers commemorating Duluth military veterans.