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Hundreds of workout "warriors" honor South Carolina soldier

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It's been a little more than a year since 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl was killed while serving with the South Carolina Army National Guard in Afghanistan. On this Fourth of July, people broke a sweat to honor Rawl in the 2nd annual Warrior Run.

The Warrior Run was an extreme workout regiment put together by Warrior Crossfit and the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Rawl's family said the event was humbling.

"I picked up running and exercising after Ryan was killed as a way to honor him," said Ryan's brother, Stanley Rawl. "To see hundreds of people here doing it, it's overwhelming."

Stanley is just one of the hundreds of people who participated in the event.

"He died serving his country, he died doing what he loved," said Stanley.

The event pushed the people participating to their max. It left many participants exhausted, including Preston Chaney.

"It's a lot of running, a lot of burpies, a lot of air squats," said Chaney. "You've got to carry your partner up the stairs. Hand release push-ups. It's brutal."

Chaney, a sergeant in the National Guard, didn't know Rawl personally, but says he's proud to see his community honoring the fallen solider. A plaque was presented to Rawl's family by Sheriff Leon Lott. The family is still grieving, but the event showed they had the support of hundreds.

"We didn't know any of these people," said Stanley. "It's just amazing that they show up to honor Ryan."

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