“He hated to run. When in Iraq it was a long walk from his bunk to the chow hall where he ate, he bought a bicycle,” recalled his father, Duane Shock.
About 20 kids took part for the first time in the Jeremy Shock Memorial Fun/Mud run as part of the half-mile Little Piglet race Sunday morning in the Green Springs Community Park.
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Shock, a Clyde High School graduate, died Nov. 19, 2006, while fighting in Fallujah, Iraq.
One of the children running was Jordan Lee, 9, of Green Springs. His brother, Jacob Lee, was there as well, planning on taking part in the 4-mile adult mud run.
About 55 people registered for the adult race.
Jordan, who made his first attempt at the Piglet Run, was following in his brother’s footsteps, as Jacob did the mud run last year.
“My favorite part is down by the woods. It was the most muddy with most obstacles,” Jacob said, smiling at the memory. The Lee family knows the Shock family and turned out for the event to support them. Proceeds from the registration fee for the race will go in part to the Jeremy Shock Memorial Fund to benefit Green Springs and in part to a veterans’ fund. On hand to watch Jordan and the other kids were Duane and Sherry Shock. “It’s cute” Sherry said looking over the muddied kids crossing the finish line. Coming out to run in the 4-mile adult mud run were Javier Martinez, of Toledo; Curtis Carpenter, of Perrysburg; and Zach Garcia, also of Perrysburg. All three men had served with Shock in the Marine Corps. You never forget a fallen Marine, they said. “This hits close to home,” Martinez said about his friend, whom he will always remember as motivated and dedicated to the Marine Corps and to the job at hand. The weekend was full of events such as blood drives, along with cornhole and softball tournaments in honor of Shock. “Its about remembering not only Jeremy, but all veterans” Duane said.