ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — More than a thousand runners turned out in Annapolis for a five-kilometer run to benefit disabled veterans.

The 4th annual John Ripley Memorial Race on Sunday morning benefits the Semper Fi Fund. The nonprofit organization provides financial assistance to disabled veterans and their families.

Race co-founder Adam Borcz says money raised by the event pays for expenses ranging from mortgage payments to hotel stays and flights. Semper Fi president Karen Guenther says the organization helps fill in the gaps in services provided by the government.

The race raised more than $65,000 for the fund. The event began four years ago in honor of Col. John Ripley, a 1962 Naval Academy graduate.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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