Racing to Help

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - You may not realize it, but many of the homeless veterans in our country are women. However, a local organization is racing to help, by sponsoring a 5K.

The American Legion auxiliary in Panama City Beach is holding the second annual Patriot 5K run/walk this Sunday morning. The race will be held at VFW Post Triple Nickle on Ashley Drive.

Money raised will benefit the Panama City Beach Police K-9 units as well as 'Final Salute,' which helps house female veterans who are homeless.

Race Coordinator Rebecca DeBell recently told NewsChannel 7, "Our female veterans kind of don't get recognized and there are so many of those homeless as well as the men. And then, of course, our canines, I mean, we couldn't do what we do if we did not have our police officers."

'Final Salute' is a 501 (c) nonprofit organization.

The race itself starts at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, but organizers said you'll want to get there early if you have not registered. You can still register online at until Thursday evening.

Packet pickup is set for Saturday from 1-7 p.m. or on race day morning starting at 7 a.m.

After the race, there will be food, prizes, and a K-9 demonstration.
For more information call Rebecca Debell at 850-527-9265.