ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The third-annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March took off from Chestnut Ridge Park Saturday. It's truly a unique 10K, unlike any other in Western New York.
The participants don't run; they march with 50 or more pounds on their backs.
It's to remember local soldiers who were killed in action, and to help surviving veterans. Many of the marchers carry canned donations that go toward three local veteran food pantries.
Founder Jason Jaskula said there were more people this year, and that led to him coordinating with Erie County Parks.
"We have an awesome ceremony in the beginning, it still gives me chills. They start off, and it's just a motivational thing," Jaskula said. "They see the signs for each one of the fallen on their route, and it just motivates you. You never lose sight of those signs. You just go sign after sign."