Local Vet Prepares to Run Grandma’s Marathon in Body Armor

DULUTH, Minn. —

A local veteran is preparing to run Grandma’s Marathon this weekend, but his running gear is a bit unique this year.

Travis Birr, an active-duty combat medic with the Army Reserves, is preparing to run the big race wearing body armor.

He represents an organization called Operation 23 to Zero and is calling this project “Running for the Remembered.”

The armor is meant to call attention to veterans that have fallen to suicide.

“Watching my brothers fall is a really hard thing to do,” Birr said.  “Raising awareness and making people aware and remembering those who have fallen is really important to me.”

On the back of his gear, Birr will have the names of the veterans that he is running for.

He says his extra gear weighs about 25 pounds.

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