Purdue NROTC members run to help community

More than 120 NROTC runners trekked about two miles across the Wabash River to drop off donated clothing to Trinity Mission in Lafayette, Indiana, Monday, March 20, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue Navy ROTC members took a detour from their usual early morning training run to give back to the community.

More than 120 NROTC runners trekked about two miles across the Wabash River to drop off donated clothing to Trinity Mission in Lafayette.

The Run For Your Life event is a partnership between Purdue and Trinity to help clothe the men staying at the facility, recovering from substance abuse.

This is the second year for the collection drive and members decided to add the run to make it more meaningful.

“We decided that the run was a little more fun than just putting clothes in a cardboard box and sending it in. We wanted to make a workout out of it,” NROTC member Brendan Rapp said.

Trinity Mission’s Joe Radzikowski said seeing young people give back warms his heart.

“I’m inspired to even workout myself this morning. We’re incredibly thankful for people who would not only get up at 5 a.m. to run across town, but people who help in so many fashions,” Radzikowski said.

After dropping off the clothing, the recruits went outside for some exercise before running back to Purdue.