Kubiak set to run with veterans

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Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will be the honorary race chairman of the Impact A Hero 5k Run/Walk/Wheel on Saturday morning at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land. The race begins at 7:30 a.m.

Impact A Hero provides emotional and financial support to seriously wounded veterans of the War on Terror. This will be Kubiak's fifth year in the 5k event, with which he got involved through his assistant, Kim Phillips, and her husband, John.

"I didn't really know what I was going through the first time and went there and really was amazed (to see) about 400 or 500 people," Kubiak said earlier this week. "It's up in the thousands now. It's just a very impressive weekend."

Kubiak said that he has a little bit of military history in his family, which helps him to appreciate the wounded soldiers even more.

"I just have so much respect for what they do, and not only what they do but the strain on their families as well," he said. "I'm fortunate that I was asked to just come be a part of it. It's really meant a lot to me along the way. Watching it grow and what they do for those families and the support they give them, it's been pretty special. I look forward to Saturday."

Along with the Texans Cheerleaders and Texans mascot TORO, several Texans assistant coaches and players including Glover Quin, Steve Slaton, Dominique Barber and Dan Orlovsky will join Kubiak at the event.

"We've always had a few guys come out," Kubiak said. "I tell them, 'If this somehow has impacted your life or touched your life and your family or whatever, come out and be a part of it.' We've had some of these (veterans) come out and visit our players (at practice), too. Our organization has been really good about supporting them and will continue to be."

Registration is still open for the event, and there will be on-site regristration at the stadium from 6-7 a.m. on Saturday.

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