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May 29 5K honoring Christopher Braley
Last year’s race honored Iraq War veteran Derek McGinnis (with flag) who authored “Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management." - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Welcome Home Heroes Foundation is now accepting applications for the “Wounded Warrior Christopher Braley 5K Walk/Run” to take place on Sunday, May 29, at 8 a.m. at Woodward Park.

The application fee is $25 until May 21 when the fee will go up to $35.

All participants will get a free omelet breakfast provided by NuLaid Eggs and NuCal Foods in Ripon and an event T-shirt.

Applications are available for download at

The run is named after Manteca’s own Christopher Braley. Christopher was serving in Iraq in September of 2007 as a Navy medic. He was traveling with Marines on a patrol when gunfire broke out and an explosive detonated, sending shrapnel into his right eye and his brain. Christopher spend several months at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and it was there that President George W. Bush visited with him and his mother, Debra Braley, and presented Christopher with a Purple Heart. The annual 5K Walk/Run is named after Christopher in honor of his bravery and courage while fighting for his country.

Christopher will be participating in the run along with other wounded warriors from the area.