Jog 4 Joe 5K honors fallen Heartland soldier

Jog 4 Joe 5K in Ottumwa Park

Two years ago, SSGT Joesph J. Hamski was killed in action serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Last year, those close to Joe honored him in a race that took place in Spindola, Germany where he had been stationed. This Memorial Day his family put together a 5K walk and run in Ottumwa the town where Joe was raised. The event kicked off at the trail in Ottumwa Park. A little rain didnâ??t stop over 150 people from coming out to â??Jog 4 Joe.â??

â??He was killed right around Memorial Day, so it just seemed appropriate to be doing it on Memorial Day,â?? Joeâ??s mother Mary Ellen Winston said. â??Memorial Day is a day we remember those who have died in the military, so it just seemed like the right time to do it.â??

Pre-registration cost $20 for adults and $25 dollars each day after May 3. All the proceeds go to benefit The Fisher House, which provides housing for wounded soldiers of any branch of military and the EOD Wounded Warrior Foundation. Joeâ??s mother says this day is about celebrating her sonâ??s 28 years of life and the memory of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.