Hundreds of Austin runners hit the pavement early Sunday morning to honor the area’s first responders.
"This is an opportunity for anybody to actually run with the heroes, to run side by side with someone who does this every day," said Chief Ernesto Rodriguez of Austin-Travis County EMS.
It's also about remembering the fallen, like EMS Captain Randy Trinkle. He’s this year's honoree. Some of his family members were at the event.
"This means everything to our family,” said Roger Trinkle. “They're honoring our late brother Randy who died in a car wreck on December 1, 2012."
Randy Trinkle served with Austin-Travis County EMS for 15 years.
"Randy was an amazing man, a great leader,” Rodriquez said. “And to get out here and run and have this kind of energy all about him. It's awesome."
Runners putting one foot in front of the other as a way of saying thanks and paying tribute.
"They give a lot in their lives to do what they do, and this is an opportunity to celebrate that," Rodriguez said.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Texas.