Hundreds of runners ditched their running shoes Saturday for a pair of combat boots in the Boot Run 5K.
Organizers of the Boot Run encouraged individuals to purchase a pair of Boot Campaign combat boots to wear during the run.
Runners wore the boots to see what it was like to “walk a mile in [our nation's warriors'] shoes.”
The run benefits the Not Alone cause, which focuses on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The organization provides confidential, no-cost support and services to soldiers, combat veterans and their loved ones impacted by combat stress and PTSD.
The Boot Campaign is a grassroots movement started by a group of women in Texas.
The group's goal is to raise awareness of the many challenges veterans face upon returning home from battle.
The group donates all funds to charities that assist active troops and veterans dealing with emotional, mental and physical issues.
Race participants told Nashville's News 2 seeing the veterans cheering for them at the finish line was worth the run, and that veterans were the ones that deserved the thanks.