Event named for SEAL honors others, helps families, rescue squad

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 8:03 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A packed Oceanfront played host to the annual Allen Stone Braveheart Run-Swim-Run, 5K, & 1 Mile Kids Race Saturday.

The event is named after Navy SEAL Allen Stone who died during training. It honors all SEALs who've died and benefits the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad.

"He would love it. He really would love it. He loved people. He loved kids. He loved the community, and he was a person that would do anything to help people," said Stone's brother, Carl.

Money raised through the event goes to the rescue squad as well as the Navy SEAL Foundation.

"There's spouses. There's children. There's parents, relatives, and that's really what it's all about, because that's what the Navy SEAL Foundation does," Ernest Allen told 13News Now.

Members of Team Hoyt, which helps children who are challenged be part of athletic events, were among those who were there.

"We've been in existence since 2007, and right now, we have about 100 kids that participate from local group homes and families, and, then, we have about 200 runners in the community that come out and join us for all the events that we have," explained Steve Brown, the group's president.

George Houde summed up the time at the Oceanfront by saying, "It was really great. It was especially fun being with my sister and everybody around. The atmosphere was really exciting and competitive, too."

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