Local soldier is home after running 500 miles for fallen brothers

Army Sergeant Zachary Rawlings, 23, of Fort Thomas is pledging to run 1,000 miles during his last 200 days in Afghanistan.

Rawlings is home for a two week leave during his ten month tour overseas.

To raise money for his fallen brothers, Army Specialist Russell Madden and Army Private First Class Brandon Pickering, Rawlings started the non-profit group Running for our Heroes.

The facebook shows his progress and asks for donations for the Pickering and Madden families.

"I started Running for our Heroes as kind of the motivation to run and so far I've ran almost 500 miles," says Rawlings.

His parents Kim and David Rawlings of Cold Spring are so proud of the work he is doing.

"To all those families and all the community, the support that we've gotten was just unbelievable and I just want to thank them all," says David Rawlings.

Sgt. Rawlings will also be spending his first Father's Day with his 11-month-old son Camden.

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