An Indiana man ran the Pittsburgh marathon Sunday holding a full-size American flag, raising $5,500 for Team Red, White, and Blue.
Mike Weaver, 41, of Indiana, finished the 26.2-mile race in 4 hours, 15 minutes, while holding a 3-foot-by-5-foot flag on a pole.
“The flag made the run very difficult, especially because of the wind gusts,” Weaver said. “But it was a great experience, and crowd support was awesome.”
Weaver served in the Army from 1994 to 1999 and has been running long distances for four years. He recently became involved with Team Red, White, and Blue, a nonprofit organization that connects veterans to opportunities for social and physical activities.
Weaver exceeded his initial fundraising goal of $2,000 thanks to donations from area businesses and community members.
Indiana resident Don Bowers, a fellow member of Team Red, White, and Blue and a special-education teacher at Indiana Area Senior High School, completed his fourth Pittsburgh marathon in 3 hours, 25 minutes, and raised more than $700 for the team.
Team Red, White, and Blue runners raised a total of nearly $15,000, according to Weaver.