Did anyone else notice this runner carrying a flag through downtwon Owensboro this morning? Owensboro Living investigated and found out that he was Randy Compton, a member of TeamRWB (Team Red, White and Blue).
According to their website, the mission of TeamRWB is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
What we saw this morning was part of TeamRWB’s “Old Glory Relay,” a relay run which started in San Fransisco on September 11 and ends in Washington, D.C. on November 8.
Supported by the local communities along the course and by virtual supporters from across the nation, 59 teams are moving Old Glory approximately 50 miles per day, for a total of nearly 3,540 miles across the United States. Each day begins with the American flag being unfurled and entrusted to the day’s first runner and ends with the last runner folding the flag and storing it for safekeeping overnight.
Randy Compton, who is pictured above running along 4th Street, is a Sergeant First Class with 10 years of active duty service. He is currently an AGR Soldier on active duty and is assigned to the Human Resources Command on Fort Knox, KY. He and Aaron Priest are co-captains of TeamRWB Breckenridge County/Fort Knox.
“We just formed this field team earlier this year and our membership has been growing quickly,” Sergeant Compton told Owensboro Living. “We hold a couple different weekly events, such as running, walking, biking or even just dinner, that enable veterans, their families and civilians to come together. We hold a variety of events so we can offer something for everyone to be a part of. These physical and social activities are conducted to support our veterans and enrich their lives by ensuring they know they are still a member of a team.”
According to yesterday’s post on their Facebook page, TeamRWB had completed 2,649 miles in 45 days with 890 miles in 14 days remaining .
TeamRWB carried Old Glory into St. Louis last Friday, October 23, continuing through Owensboro on the way toward Lexington, where they are expected this Friday, October 30.
Sergeant Compton and the Breckinridge County/Fort Knox TeamRWB group were responsible for taking the flag from Reed, KY to Garfield, KY. “Our route encompassed roughly 67 miles and was completed via running, walking and biking,” Compton said. “We battled a lot of hills and a rainstorm that never ended but the team remained positive and finished around 7:30 in the evening. Along the way there were many supporters that cheered, honked and waved which definitely kept the motivation level up.”