CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Local students are hitting the pavement in honor of a fallen hero.
Mallard Creek High School is sponsoring a 5k in memory of a teacher's cousin who was killed in action two years ago.
The Run Like a Warrior 5k is Saturday at the high school and honors Chief Petty Officer, Matt Mason. Mason was SEAL, a husband and a father when he lost his life in Afghanistan in 2011.
According to his cousin, teacher Kari Rhoades, Matt "made things happen, he was a person who didn't just sit by the sideline and wait for someone else to take care of things."
Rhoades along with students in the National Honor Society organized the 5K.
The run benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization Matt was involved in after being injured in 2004.
"He lost a portion of his left buttock, he had a collapsed lung, he lost a portion of his left arm and within six months after that injury and recovery he ran a triathlon," said Rhoades.
Matt's story inspires students and Mallard Creek High School.
"It's amazing that he had the drive to want to help others," said student Rachel Sargent.
Saturday's race also takes on a new meaning in light of last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Many students say they'll be thinking about the victims while they run. I'm going to run this out and think about all the people aren't able to do this," said student Emma Twait.
Registration for Saturday's race kicks off at the Mallard Creek High School at 8:45 a.m.