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Runners brave the heat to kick off Memorial Day with 'Springdale Salute 5K'

PEORIA, Ill. - Runners braved the heat this morning to kick off Memorial Day with a race for a special cause.

It's the fourth year for the Springdale Salute 5K, supporting the Fuller Center for Veterans. The Fuller Center repairs veterans' homes in the tri-county area, from plumbing, to yard cleanups, and furnace checks. The goal is to provide safe and secure living spaces for those who've served.

Participants in Monday's race say it's the least they can do to thank those who've served.

"It's important to bring awareness to this country everybody who has served and gave everything for this country," U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Robert Matthews, says. "As veterans sometimes things don't go as planned and sometimes you just need a hand up instead of a handout and so that's what the Fuller Center is all about."

Rosie the Riveter and Captain America made an appearance, as an award was given for 'Most Patriotic Costume'.

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