Wounded Warriors among runners at Myrtle Beach Marathon events this weekend

William Schenfield’s shoulder injury in an Army training exercise cost him more than the use of an arm.

He lost his sense of direction, too.

“I was really depressed,” said the 38-year-old Richlands, N.C., native, one of 22 Wounded Warriors scheduled to participate with their significant others this weekend in a “Runmantic” couples getaway at the Myrtlebeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon on Saturday. “I didn’t know where to go. I was depressed. I was lost.”

Challenged 18 months ago by Wounded Warriors Project physical health and wellness regional specialist Chris Uggiano, Schenfield took up running.

And he doesn’t want to stop.

“Forrest Gump had it down pat,” said Schenfield. “I just run because I want to run.”

Through running, Schenfield found a sense of purpose. He began regular training, set goals then strived to realize them.

Now Schenfield, who served in the Marines prior to his 10 years in the Army, is studying to become a health and wellness regional specialist to help other Wounded Warriors.