PHOENIX -- The 3rd annual Phoenix National Veterans Day run took place in downtown Phoenix on Sunday.
“Feels good, feels good, exhausting, my knees are a little sore, good times, it's all worth it,” said Marshal King, who is an active duty marine.
King hit the pavement to honor his fellow colleagues, past and present.
“I think it's awesome, I kind of wish there were more people out here, like the breast cancer run, but this was awesome, nothing but proud to be here, it's really cool,” said King.
Around 170 runners weaved through downtown Phoenix and they ran a unique distance.
“It's 11k, which is a little unusual, most races are 5k or 10k, this is 11k in honor of 11-11-11 and it starts at 8:11 and so the 11k is 6.82 miles,” said Mike Sheedy, who helped put on the race.
11-11-11 represents the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, origins that date back to World War I when an armistice was reached between the allied nations and Germany.
David Hernandez's uncle came from Mexico City for the race and ended up placing first.
“He's been preparing for the race for a month. As soon as he knew about the race he just wanted to be prepared to get first," said Hernandez.
“For me it's a proud moment being with my family, I dedicate it to them and I'm very happy for winning,” said Prospero Tobias.
All of the donations go to the Folds of Honor Foundation which is a veteran’s charity.