700 turn out for Loops for Troops
Event began as tribute to Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, Calgarian who died in Afghanistan
About 700 runners turned out Sunday for the sixth annual Loops for Troops race honouring military members, first responders and their families.
The event was started by Michael Hornburg whose son, Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, was killed in 2007 when he was hit by a mortar shell while fixing a tank in Afghanistan's volatile Panjwaii district. Hornburg was 24 years old when he died.
"His sacrifice is an example of what so many other first responders are willing to do in order to give us the freedoms and the dignities that too often, I know I take for granted," his father said on Sunday.
So far, $400,000 has been raised to date.
That doesn't include the money raised this year.
All proceeds will go towards military-related charities.