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Maine soldier runs to aid wounded warriors

June 5, 2013
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DOVER-FOXCROFT - Tysen Ober of Dover-Foxcroft is a Maine Army National Guard soldier who loves to run. The 23-year-old recently returned from deployment in Kuwait and decided to take the next several months to run all over America. His goal is to travel from Los Angeles, California to Lubec, Maine and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project each step of the way.

"I was running one day in Kuwait and thinking there's a lot of the U.S. I haven't seen. I figured if I could make Kuwait pretty in my mind, why not take in the U.S.?" he said.

Ober is hoping to use his trip - called All Ober America - Run for the Wounded - to inspire others to get out, get active and get involved in giving back. He started running in California in April, but after completing just 96 miles he had to take an unexpected detour back home when his camper broke down.

"I am the only one running but encourage people to run with me," Ober said. "On the very first day I met a guy and gave him my card. The fellow was in California from Arizona and said, 'I work with the Wounded Warrior Project all the time, can I run with you?'"

Ober has collected $7,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project so far but is hoping to raise at least $50,000 by the time his run is over.

"The total distance will be 3,600 miles when I'm done, and I'll go through 12 to 13 pairs of shoes during that time," he explained. "I just love running."

The Dover-Foxcroft native is looking to return to California on June 19 to pick up where he left off. Those wishing to donate can do so by logging on to www.alloberamerica.org

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