Runner plans trek across Arkansas to honor veterans

Runner plans trek across Arkansas to honor veterans

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A local runner has set up a long distance goal to honor military veterans and others.

Dan Ring, a man highlighted during our GR8 Acts of Kindness campaign, is normally seen running down Highway 49 between Paragould and Jonesboro.

But according to his Facebook page, you won't be seeing him there for the next two weeks.

"I am standing on the Oklahoma-Arkansas line in Fort Smith, Arkansas, overlooking the Arkansas River. From here, I plan to run across the state of Arkansas to the Mississippi River, in Memphis, Tennessee," Ring stated.

Ring plans to carry the American flag across the great distance to honor "every individual who has worn the uniform, of any branch of our military, or any branch of our law enforcement agencies, or any first responder, and has given their life in the line of duty."

Running about 25 miles per day, Ring's planned finish line is set for West Memphis on Friday, Nov. 10.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and with flag in hand Ring will journey again over the pedestrian river bridge to Tennessee and then back to Arkansas.

Anyone interested in joining Ring at the bridge to run can register here. There is no registration fee.

As far as accommodations for his run, such as room and board and food, Ring insists in the post, "I have no plan...All I know is that I am going to have FUN."

Ring is lacing up for another cause called "Flags 4 Fallen" which recruits runners for similar honor races. A portion of proceeds also purchases additional flags for the runners.

To learn more about Ring's route back to Northeast Arkansas and how you can help him on his journey, see the full post below:

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