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Spotlight: Challenge 22 Ruck Walk And Block Party

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Image from last year's Challenge 22 Ruck Walk and Block Party event courtesy of Challenge 22's Facebook page

Image from last year's Challenge 22 Ruck Walk and Block Party event courtesy of Challenge 22's Facebook page

Veterans Day is Sunday, but events acknowledging those who serve in the US military stretch beyond this weekend in Central Florida.

Next Saturday, November 17th, Winter Garden is home to a light-hearted event for a serious purpose. It’s the second annual American Legion “Challenge 22” Ruck Walk and Block Party, a family-friendly event with music, face-painting, and other activities, preceded by a 2.2 mile walk.

Kurt Gies is the Post Commander for Winter Garden American Legion Post 63. He tells 90.7’s Nicole Darden Creston the difficult origin of the event’s name and overall purpose: Challenge 22 refers to a 2012 Veterans Administration Study that concluded up to 22 veterans per day have taken their own lives.

Gies says the event is geared toward destigmatizing the topic, opening up dialog, and reaching out to the community to help find answers.

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Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »