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Special Operations Forces run honors one of its own

DULUTH -- On Monday, the seventh annual Special Operations Forces Run will begin in honor of a Green Beret and Medal of Honor recipient.

The event kicks off at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall in front of the Duluth Living Honorarium. Runners will cover more than 600 miles in less than 73 hours.

For the seventh annual Special Operations Forces Run, team members have come from around the country to run from Duluth to Tampa, Fla., honoring SSgt. Robert "Robbie" Miller, an Army Special Forces solider and member of Task Force 33 who was killed in action Jan. 25, 2008, in Kunar Province of Afghanistan.

Robbie Miller's brother, Sgt. Tom Miller, will join the team from the 10th Special Forces Group along with SGM Chris Lyons from Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Officials in Tallahassee, Fla., plan to send Police Sgt. Gavin Larremore and Fire Battalion Chief Bob Obernier to join Gwinnett County Firefighters Ashley Smith and William Fields.

Joe Kapacziewski, a ranger and amputee from the 3/75 Ranger Battalion, also will join the group.

Two local runners will join the group for the seventh year in a row: Sheriff's Deputy Bryan "Gunny" Simmons and Duluth Police Lt. Bill Stevens.

Said Stevens: "The group wants to remind others that our nation is still at war as a result of the attacks on America that took the lives of public safety officials in New York City."

For more information, contact Stevens at 678-957-7287 or email bstevens@duluthpd.com.