The inaugural SSG Aaron Butler Memorial Purple Heart Run brings the community together

Posted at 3:29 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 18:20:28-04

EAGLE, Idaho — The inaugural SSG Aaron Butler Memorial Purple Heart Run was a big success as weekend warriors came together to "embrace the suck" and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Dan Nelson put this race together because his special forces unit got hit in Afghanistan. The blast killed Aaron Butler and Dan wanted to put something together to make sure we never forget the men and women who gave their lives for our country.

The race was quite the spectacle that included an Idaho State Trooper running in full uniform, a Middleton Police Officer in full uniform and a former Boise Police Officer who lost his leg after being shot, his former SWAT team ran the race.

“It’s the best team ever and I’ve been on it for fourteen years," said Houltry. " I don’t care If it was 50K or 100K, they would all still do it and we would do it as a team, it’s only a 5K suffer for a little bit.”

All the proceeds raised during the event will go to the Chief Joseph chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

To see more from this inspiring race make sure to watch the video.