Runners and walkers who sign up by Aug. 19 for the Serve A Soldier 5K – set for Saturday, Sept. 2 in Urbana – will save on registration and receive a T-shirt.
Through Aug. 19, registration is $35 for individuals and $115 for teams of four. After that, the entry fee will be $40 for individuals and $130 for teams, without T-shirts. Registration for children under 10 is free, without shirt. Registration is available at keysports.net and the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St.
The fifth annual Serve A Soldier 5K will begin Sept. 2 at 8:15 a.m. at the Champaign Family YMCA, 191 Community Drive, Urbana. Check-in will be open 7 to 7:45 a.m., and an opening ceremony will begin at 8 a.m.
Proceeds will benefit local veteran organizations and Point Man International Ministries of Central Ohio, a nondenominational Christian organization that serves the spiritual and emotional needs of veterans and their families.
The opening ceremony will feature remarks by Dr. Russ Clark, a former pastor of the Urbana United Methodist Church who is a volunteer chaplain and counselor for Point Man. He uses his experience as a survivor of post-traumatic stress disorder to help other veterans. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service as a Marine platoon and company commander in the Vietnam War.
Color guard of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Spriggs-Wing Post 5451 of Urbana will open the pre-race ceremony, UUMC Pastor Jim Lillibridge will offer the invocation, and the Urbana High School marching band will perform the national anthem.
The Serve A Soldier 5K is sponsored by Projects Unlimited of Dayton, U.S. Graphics, the Champaign Family YMCA, the Urbana United Methodist Church, Paul’s Catering and freelance copywriter Gary Schenkel.
For more information, visit the Serve A Soldier Facebook page.
Submitted by Gary Schenkel.