Run remembers fallen servicemen
by TP staff
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Current and former military members will run through Tracy on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of a three-day, 150-mile trek through California to remember the 711 California members of the U.S. armed forces who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among the dead to be honored are nine servicemen who at one point called Tracy home.

Runners hope to raise awareness about the men and women who died in those military operations and support organizations that aid Gold Star families — the Gold Star is given to those who have had immediate family member die in war.

The group of active and retired military personnel from Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield will set out at 5:30 p.m. Friday north of Galt and run to Elk Grove.

Runners will honor their fallen comrades on each mile of the run placing, an American flag and biographic card for each of the 711 killed in operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

The second day’s runners will head south from Elk Grove at 11 a.m. through Stockton to Tracy.

The runners will approach Tracy from Durham Ferry Road, turning north onto Chrisman Road toward Tracy. They will turn west on Valpico Road and north onto MacArthur Drive, and are scheduled to arrive at Tracy Cemetery, 501 W. Schulte Road, at about p.m.

The runners will then run along Schulte Road to Tracy Boulevard, weaving their way to Byron Road before finishing just outside city limits.

The run concludes Sunday, Sept. 30, as runners head from Tracy to the Sacramento Valley Veterans Affairs cemetery in Dixon.

Those listed as casualties from Tracy are Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa; Army Staff Sgt. Steven Bridges; Army Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey; Army Pfc. Jesse Martinez; Marine Cpl. Brandon Dewey; Army Sgt. 1st Class Tung Nguyen; Army Pfc. Bruce Salazar Jr.; Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Hansen; and Army Staff Sgt. David Senft.

For a map of the runners’ route or more information, visit

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