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A Salute to Service 5k is an event hosted by American Legion Batavia Post 504. It will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020, just before Flag Day. This is a great way to honor the service of someone from your family. It will consist of a “fun run” a shorter military cadence style run that will start at 8am followed by a timed 5k run/walk at 8:30am.
Help us to celebrate 100 Years of The American Legion. Veterans helping veterans and the community. Money raised will be used to support our post and it’s activities. You have most likely seen us out in the community distributing poppies during Poppy Day near Memorial Day and Veterans Day, at a flag raising, preforming Military Rites at a funeral, placing flags at the graves of veterans, delivering gift bags at Christmas for our elderly veterans in the retirement communities around town, or presenting a scholarship to one of our deserving high school graduates. None of which we can do without your support.
Why do a run? Well, to get YOU involved. Show your pride in our community, country, or for a veteran near and dear to your heart. For many of our veterans, physical training (aka PT) is a big part of everyday life, particularly during initial training, but often throughout their time in the military. Running is a great way to measure physical fitness and endurance and group cadence runs also help to build a sense of team. The cadence not only sets the pace, but helps runners learn to control their breathing, and the words in the cadence are often meant to help motivate the group. Our cadence during the fun run will be cleaned up around the edges but still have that feel. It will be a little throwback for those that have served and a unique run for those who support us.
Cost to register for the 5k is $35. All registered runners are invited to participate in the fun run. The fun run is open to non-registered runners that sign a participation waiver and those participants will be asked to make a donation.
Ask me about how to convert your Registration fee into a new annual membership with American Legion Batavia Post 504 if you are an eligible veteran. If you are not sure if you are eligible, ask one of our members.
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We will meet at The Peg Bond Center, 151 N Island Ave. in Batavia. There is plenty of Parking available nearby. The start of both the fun run and 5K will be near here. For the fun run we will divide into several groups depending on the number of runners participating. We will head around the Island on the river trail and be back near the startline in time for the start of the 5K
The 5K will be a gun start at 8:30am and head south on River Trail towards the “Peace” pedestrian bridge where we will cross the river going East then turn North along River St. and follow the Fox river trail to the Fayban Windmill There we will turn West and cross the river to the Westside fox river trail and head South. Through the Kane County Forest preserve all the way to the Depot Museum and turn East again along side Houston St. and finish there in front of the Peg Bond Center.
A water/aid station will be located along the westside fox river trail in the Kane County Forest Preserve at approximately the half way point.
We will have awards for overall and top three in each age and gender class age Under 15,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and over.
No pets other than service animals will be allowed on the course but, the fox river trail does remain open to public during the event. Overall winners can not also win their age class. All runners/walkers must finish in under 01:00:00 to be eligible for awards.
Awards will be given out at The Peg Bond Center following the race.