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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • KU veterans groups host Veterans Day Run

  • Retired Lt. Col. Randy Masten, secretary of the University of Kansas Veterans Alumni Chapter, said Brautigam is one of almost 100 runners coming from Fort Leavenworth for the KU Veterans Day Run. Organizers are expecting about 300 runners, in total, the largest number of runners in the history of the annual KU Veterans Day Run, Masten said.
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  • Maj. Chris Brautigam, a student at the Command and General Staff College, typically spends Veterans Day in quiet reflection. This Sunday morning, however, he and his 12-year-old son will be lacing up their running shoes and heading to Lawrence.
    "If I'm going to get up early on a weekend, I want it to be for a cause," Brautigam said.
    Retired Lt. Col. Randy Masten, secretary of the University of Kansas Veterans Alumni Chapter, said Brautigam is one of almost 100 runners coming from Fort Leavenworth for the KU Veterans Day Run. Organizers are expecting about 300 runners, in total, the largest number of runners in the history of the annual KU Veterans Day Run, Masten said.
    "Previously, they've had about 50 to 80 runners. I think this year, because we have the Collegiate Veterans Association, the Veterans Alumni Chapter and the support of the Alumni Association, we had a better capability to organize and advertise the run," Masten said.
    In addition to the runners, Masten said 100 Fort Leavenworth officers from CGSC have volunteered to help with the administration of the run.
    Proceeds from the run will support educational scholarships for disabled veterans and their family members and the KU Memorials Fund. Masten, who is also the assistant director in the KU Office of Professional Military Graduate Education, said these scholarships will fill a gap left by the Army Wounded Warrior Program, a program administered by the U.S. Army to support wounded soldiers getting their master's degree. The Army will end this program in the spring.
    The new program, called KU Wounded Warrior Scholarship Fund, will not only pick up where the old one left off, but extend eligibility to family members who are caring for a disabled veteran, veterans of different services and those who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. The scholarship fund will receive 50 percent of the KU Veterans Day Run proceeds. The remaining half will be dispersed to the KU Memorial Fund.
    The KU Memorial Fund was started last year by the KU Collegiate Veterans Association, said KU CVA President Jake Robinson. The goal of the CVA is to provide funding for ongoing maintenance of KU campus memorials. There are five war memorials on the KU campus. Participants in the KU Veterans Day Run will pass by three of them: the Campanile, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial, as they run up Memorial Drive.
    The run begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., and will have three routes: one mile, five kilometers and 10 kilometers. Runners can register for the event at kualumni.org/ kuvetsrun.
    "Anyone can register, even if you can't make the run," Masten said. "All proceeds go to these two organizations. It's a great way to show your appreciation to veterans whether you run or not."

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