Wounded warrior to inspire All-American Marathon runners in NC

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Five minutes with Maj. Ivan Castro and you might realize anything you ever complained about was probably never worth the energy you gave it.

“Every day is a challenge. It’s a fight,” said Castro, sitting behind the desk in the office of his Fayetteville nonprofit called the Special Operators Challenge.

You sense a twinkle in his eyes, even though they’re shielded with dark shades.

“Being a man of faith, I can say the Lord gave me a second chance,” Castro said smiling.

Castro, 47, is set to inspire nearly 4,000 runners, their loved ones and volunteers on the eve of the second annual All-American Marathon race. Castro, a 26-year Army veteran remains active duty with USASOC, the Special Operations command headquartered on Fort Bragg. He works in the recruiting battalion, but his past duties included leading soldiers through war zones.

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