MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- A quick 5K race was no big deal Saturday morning for 82-year-old Bob Atkins of Winchester, Va.
The Navy veteran served during World War II and was in Nagasaki, Japan, more than 60 years ago when the second atomic bomb was dropped. Atkins said he really enjoyed Saturday's race, the proceeds of which benefit veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Most of those in Saturday's race weren't veterans themselves, but professed a great respect for those who have served.
Martinsburg High School cross-country teammates Shelby Johnson, 14, and Jen Emmert, 18, took first and second place, respectively, in the women's division of the race, running in their school's signature black-and-orange workout gear.
Both girls wanted a way to stay in shape after cross-country season, they said.
"It's a great cause since it's for the veterans," Emmert said.
Saturday's "Road to Freedom" 5K drew about 250 runners, joggers and walkers - the largest number ever to turn out for the event, organizer Don Stevens said.