BURTON — The 2017 Veterans Honor Run will be marking its 5th year on Nov. 4 at Blessed Sacrament Church on Roberta Street. The Veterans Honor Run is an 11k run, 5k run and 5k walk, with the 11K starting at 11:11 am to honor the date of Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
“The Veterans Honor Run, which is the anchor race of the Burton Race Series, originated with the thought of honoring those who have, or are currently, serving our country,” said Jim Craig, chair of the Burton Parks and Recreation Commission.
“As such, proceeds from the race have gone to support the Burton Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, to help them help our veterans,” Craig added.
The organization assists area veterans with various needs, including with transportation to medical appointments. It is in need of a new vehicle.
The 5K run and 5K walk will each start at approximately three-minute intervals after the 11k start. Place medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and gender in each of the three events.
“For those who accept the challenge of running the 11K, a finishers’ challenge coin will be awarded,” Craig said.
The top overall male and female in each of the three events, as well as masters, will receive a special plaque. Additionally, the first 250 to register will receive a 2017 Veterans Honor Run dog tag.
A post-race meal of pasta, salads and bread from Sullivan’s Food Service is provided for all race participants. In addition, Michigan’s Greatest Fudge of Grand Blanc will provide treats, including kettle corn. Pepsi will be providing Aquafina water, and Biggby Coffee will be providing hot beverages.
The Burton Race Series is comprised of The Hot Fudge Run in February, the Race2Grace in May, The Burton Memorial Day 5K, also in May and the Veterans Honor Run.
“Those who complete three of the four races receive a Burton Race Series medal, regardless where they placed in each of the races,” Craig said. “Those who complete all four receive a special lanyard stating that they did all four!”
Craig said the goal of the Burton Race Series, in addition to the individual fundraising components of each race, is to promote health and wellness in the area.
He said the Burton Race Series Committee is especially grateful for the partnership with Hurley Medical Center and ELGA Credit Union, and thanks Hurley Medical Center for providing first aid personnel for the races, offering wellness screenings and flu shots at previous races.
Early registration ended Oct. 21. Current entry fee is $35 without a race shirt, $45 with. Kids 14 and under are only $15. Race forms available at Complete Runner, Bentley Florist or Burton City Hall or online at www.veteranshonorrun.com, where forms can be printed off and mailed. Online registration ends on Nov. 2. In person registration and packet pickup takes place from 12-6 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Complete Runner and from 9-10:45 a.m. race day at the race site.
For questions or opportunities regarding sponsorship or volunteering, call 743-0149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.