Memorial Day run aims to bring hope, help to Tampa Bay heroes

The opening ceremonies will kick off at 7:15 a.m. with the first race taking off at 7:30 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — For U.S. Army veteran Edwin Quiros, the Hope for the Warriors Race gives him just that, hope, both for himself and his future.

“I was a really active person, before the accident. Doing all kinds of stuff. After it, I was sitting in the house for a long time,” said Quiros.

Wounded during an ATV accident while stationed at Fort Campbell, he thought he might never be able to live the active lifestyle he loved again, until he was introduced to hand-cycling.

“To be competitive again, I have a strict schedule. I have goals. I get to compete with people with my same disability,” said Quiros.

Competing alongside him on Sunday were hundreds of others, celebrating the strength and resolve of those men and women serving our country.

“It’s great to go out and have barbeques and do all that stuff, but it’s really important to reflect and remember that the main reason for this weekend…to take a step back and remember the guys and gals who didn’t make it home,” said race organizer Steve Bartomioli.

This race falls on Memorial Day weekend for a reason. Racing through the hearts and minds of those competing today were memories of fallen comrades, friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Memorial day is always emotional. I have lost a lot of friends,” said Quiros.

After conquering the race in Tampa, Quiros is setting his sights on a bigger goal, competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.

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