MT. PLEASANT — A Mt. Pleasant family is bringing the Army 10-Miler to Southeast Iowa this Saturday.
The race, which is usually held in Washington, D.C., with more than 35,000 participants, will be done virtually this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Robin Daniel, a former member of the National Guard and a military serviceman, with his wife, decided to run the race to stay motivated and active. The couple previously participated in the race in D.C. in 2017.
“In D.C., it starts and ends at the Pentagon,” Daniel said.
When the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult for the Daniels to continue racing in half-marathons, the couple decided to sign up for the virtual event.
“We thought it would be a great idea. The money goes back to military families,” Daniel said.
Proceeds from the race go to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation network which serves U.S. service members and their families, he said.
Giving back to people who are currently serving in the armed forces is important to the family. Daniel first joined the National Guard in 1984 before moving to active duty in 1987. The Mt. Pleasant native served in Honduras and Korea before returning to Iowa to raise his family.
“That’s something that’s important to us. As a previous military family, we want to do our part to give back to the men and women who wear the uniform today,” he said.
Daniel’s son-in-law, Joe Brewer, is currently deployed in Qatar. Daniel’s daughter, Allison Brewer, will be traveling from Illinois with her children over the weekend to participate in the run.
“He’s deployed for 400 days,” Allison said.
The race this weekend will be the first time she is participating in the Army Ten Miler.
“I just think it’s so important to show support to these people and families,” she said.
After the Daniels decided to do the race virtually, the family posted about their plans and invited local friends to join. Robin said he anticipates about 10 to 15 people participating locally.
The group will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Maple Leaf Stadium. Any community members interested in participating in the race are invited to meet the group at the athletic stadium.
“I think it’s important. I’m a very patriotic person, and I like to make sure people know we live in the land of the free because of the men and women who serve,” he said.