5K Run and Walk honors late Army Captain George Wood

Wood was tragically killed in 2003 when the tank he was leading rolled over an explosive in Iraq.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 1:36 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 3:38 PM

MARCY, N.Y. -- A 5K run and walk took place this past Sunday to honor Army Captain George A. Wood of Marcy.

Wood was tragically killed in 2003 when the tank he was leading rolled over an explosive in Iraq.

He was just 33 years old.

Wood grew up near Marcy and attended Norte Dame Junior Senior High School.

He then earned a bachelors degree from Cornell Universary and masters degres from the University of Albany and SUNY Cortland, where he joined the ROTC.
The road runners traveled Sunday in the George A. Wood Memorial 5K run and walk near Lock 20 in Marcy where roads Wood trained on when he was preparing to enter the military.

"It's great to have an event that honors someone like my brother. There are a lot of events that do that. We have an event we do everyday, and that's called life and I think that's very important that we remember that. Especially on the anniversary of 9/11 that we recall the sacrifices of the people in the towers, first responders and the subsequent deaths in the global war on terror and to live a life that made that sacrifice worth it. I have conducted that in my own life and I have asked everyone here today to do the same", says Wood's younger brother Michael Babula.

At the time of his death, Wood left behind wife of six years, Lisa and their three year old daughter Maria.

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