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Trussville man to walk for Wounded Warrior Project


[U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment cross a canal during a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Jan. 8, 2011. Marines conducted counterinsurgency operations with the International Security Assistance Force to suppress insurgent activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released) (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps)]
By Gary Lloyd

Parkinson’s disease has prevented Roger Long from walking without a cane and walking extended distances for the last eight years.Now, the 44-year-old Trussville resident is walking for more than just himself.Thanks to lifestyle changes that have affected Long in a positive way, he’s walking without a cane and going even further.On Jan. 4, he circled Carrington Lakes enough times to total 10 miles. His youngest son, Zachary, a senior at Hewitt-Trussville High School, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps delayed entry program the same day. His oldest, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Long of the 2nd Battalion 9th Marine Regiment, was already in Afghanistan.“It was kind of a milestone day,” Long said.Long is walking around the lake every day from now until March 26 to raise awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which he said helps those that are wounded to adjust to as normal a life as possible when they return home.The goal is to raise $5,000 in honor of the 14 fallen Marines and one sailor from the 2nd Battalion 9th Marine Regiment, he said.“That’s what pushed me,” Long said of his encouragement to organize the benefit walk. “I really want to give something back. I want to help someone besides just myself.”The capstone event will be March 26 beginning at 10 a.m., when walkers and sponsors will participate in a 5-mile walk/run around the lake in the Carrington Lakes subdivision.The walk is an officially sanctioned fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, Long said. He said the $5,000 is just a goal, and whether the donations come in more than or less than that number isn’t the most important thing. He just wants to raise awareness.“I walk because I can,” Long says on his blog, http://www.marinedadx2.blogspot.com. “When I get tired, I remember those who can’t walk, what they’d give to have this simple gift I no longer take for granted, and I walk harder and farther for them. I know they would do the same for me.”For more information on the walk or to make a donation, visit Long’s blog at http://www.marinedadx2.blogspot.com.

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I am retired Army officer. I used to fly helicopters and airplanes while I was in the Army. Nowadays, I do other things that are not so cool and sexy. I decided to write about my journey or whatever you want to call it towards running a half-marathon this fall. I have been running since 1983, I have run the Duke City full and half marathons. I don't run that fast anymore, I did win a 10K when I was 21, those days are mercifully past me. The fastest mile I have turned is a 5:05 during one of those Army physical fitness test 2 mile runs. The point I am making is that I am old, slow, and experienced runner. I named the blog after my running buddy, Bandit, an Australian Blue Heeler. He is my 3rd K-9 running buddy, the previous two dogs were black labs. I hope to write about some of my discussions that I have with Bandit in the future. I once owned, but since sold and a satirical and irreverent sports blog that was moderately successful. I was published in the left-wing national sports media by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. I am "stuck" in Alabama working for a military contractor. I am working so fricking hard to get back to Southeast New Mexico or West Texas. Fingers and toes crossed.

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