Wounded Warriors running through Parksville Qualicum Beach area on Friday

Along with the fundraising, organizers say it is just as important to get the message out that there is help available for PTSD

The third annual Wounded Warriors Run passes through the Parksville Qualicum Beach area this Friday with stops at local Legions.

The team of six runners, all veterans or serving members of the Canadian Forces, are doing a 600km relay run the entire length of the Island from Port Hardy to Victoria, raising money and awareness of service related injures like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The B.C. version of the national run raised $40,000 for Wounded Warriors Canada last year and hopes to top that this year.

Along with the fundraising, organizers say it is just as important to get the message out that there is help available.

The public is invited to cheer them en route, or catch them at the Legions, expected in Bowser at 10 a.m., Qualicum Beach at

12:10 p.m. and Parksville at 1:30 p.m. To donate, or for more information, including a live run tracker, visit www.woundedwarriorrunbc.com and their Facebook page.

— NEWS staff