By Amy Cherry 3:00pm, October 4, 2013 - Updated 4:40pm, October 4, 2013
Brendan O'Toole was punched in the face in Wilmington by a homeless man on a cross-country run from California to Maine.Wilmington Police will run in solidarity with the former Marine, who was punched in the face in Wilmington during a cross-country run to raise awareness for veterans affairs.
Brendan O'Toole will re-start his cross-country trek Monday at 9 a.m. in a three mile ceremonial run with officers.
"I think everyone here in Wilmington and the State of Delaware is a little embarrassed. We feel really bad that something like this happened. The suspect who did this is actually from Chester, Pennsylvania, and I think everyone here is quick to point that out like, 'Hey this isn't one of us,'" says Corporal Mark Ivey.
Ivey says the run is a way to show to support to O'Toole's cause.
"Anytime you have someone come into our state there is this state of pride, and we really want to show Brendan that this once incident does not make Wilmington, and one incident doesn't make Delaware. We want to show him what he real side of Wilmington and what the real side of Delaware is," says Corporal Mark Ivey.
The run is free and open to the public and begins and ends at the city Public Safety building.
The race will follow this route:
West on West 4th Street from the William T. McLaughlin Public Safety Building;
North on North Market Street to North Park Drive;
West on North Park Drive to North Van Buren Street;
South on North Van Buren Street to South Park Drive;
East on South Park Drive to King Street;
South on King Street to West 11th Street;
East on West 11th Street to French Street;
South on French Street to West 8th Street;
West on West 8th Street to King Street;
South on King Street to West 4th Street; and
East on West 4th Street to the William T. McLaughlin Public Safety Building where the run will end.
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