Comrades to honor soldier by finishing marathon

Retired Col. Chris Wilson died Saturday

WICHITA, Kan. - A group of Army Reserve soldiers and friends will gather Thursday evening to honor a retired colonel they served with who died Saturday.

Colonel Chris Wilson died September 8 while running a marathon.  Wilson had 2.6 miles left to go at the time of his death.

In a news release from the 200th Military Police Command, Col. Wilson's death was  said to be a shock to family and friends because it was believed he was in good health and he was an active outdoorsman.  Wilson had recently retired from the Army and had previously ran the Army Ten-Miler.

Soldiers from the 346th Military Police Company at Ft. Riley, and the 530th MP Battalion in Elkhorn, Nebraska who served with Wilson will finish the final 2.6 miles of the marathon that Wilson was unable to complete.

The run will begin at 7 p.m. at the Plum Shelter, located a Sedgwick County Park.  Wilson served for 33 years as a military police officer, with four deployments, earning two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit.

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