POMEROY — Anyone traveling on State Route 7 on Monday might have been privy to a sight they usually don’t see: runners carrying the American flag.
These participants are part of a nationwide event called the Old Glory Run Relay, being held by Team RWB (Red White and Blue).
According to their website, teamrwb.org, the relay team consists of 59 runners who will be charged with moving a single American flag along a 3,540-mile journey from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in two months. According to Mike McNett, chapter captain for Team RWB Columbus, the journey began Sept. 11 with plans to reach D.C. by sunset Nov. 8, where the flag will remain through Veterans Day.
The group began their run in the morning along State Route 7, with their final destination for the day being Parkersburg, W.V.a., which they planned to reach between 3-4 p.m. Around 1 p.m., the group had crossed the Meigs County line into Athens, their pace steady and their flag high. Once they arrived, they had dinner with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter.
According to the Team RWB’s Twitter page, as of Monday the race had been going for 52 days, with 3,103 miles completed, and seven days and 436 miles to go. Any participants in the area who wanted to help carry the flag to Parkersburg were invited to join the jog as well.
According to a map provided on the team’s website, so far the journey has taken the flag from California through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, reaching Colorado Springs on Oct. 8; Kansas reaching Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 16; Missouri, reaching St. Louis by Oct. 23; Kentucky, reaching Lexington, Ky., by Oct. 30; and finally Ohio beginning over the holiday weekend.
After Parkersburg, the flag will travel through northern West Virginia near southern Pennsylvania, through parts of Maryland and finally into D.C. McNett said this year there were portions of the journey that would be biked as well as run.
So far, the relay has raised about 75 percent of its $100,000 goal. According to McNett, 87 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs that help the nation’s veterans.
For more information visit oldgloryrelay.org.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.