The “Give ’Em 5 Run” raised about $10,000 for the Veterans Assistance Fund last year, and race director Tara Murray is hoping it makes an even bigger splash this year.
The 5-mile race and 5K walk has been a local tradition for the past four years, starting when local veterans groups got together to work on a fundraiser. This year’s run will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Bellefonte Area Middle School.
Murray said they decided on the 5-mile distance because there aren’t many other races of that size in Centre County. It provides a bigger distance challenge than a typical 5K — 3.1 miles — but isn’t as intense as a half-marathon, 13.1 miles, she said.
And locals have come out in droves to support.
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If the weather is nice, the race typically sees a strong turnout and number of donations.
“The community is really important and we couldn’t do it without a lot of people,” she said.
Organizers are also looking for more volunteers to help with directing runners on the course to make things run more smoothly, Murray added.
Local veterans groups have also been supportive of the event, setting up volunteers and sponsorships from local businesses, she said. All proceeds after event costs will go directly to helping local veterans.
Prizes are awarded to the top three male and female finishes in each age group and for the first male and female veteran finishers. The age groups are 13 and younger, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older.
T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 150 entrants, and there will also be refreshments and door prizes. Registration is also available on race day beginning at noon.
Anyone wishing to volunteer or looking for more information can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.