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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 15, 2019, just after Flag Day and just before Fathers 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 chip timed 5k run 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 Laurelwood Lodge, 800 N River St. in Batavia. This is a Batavia Park District building and has limited parking. We will have additional 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 north from the Lodge on the Fox River Trail to a turn around at the Windmill, then head back south back to the Lodge.
The 5K will be a gun start at 8:30am and head south on the Eastside Fox River Trail towards downtown and the “Peace” pedestrian bridge where we will cross the river and head towards the Railroad Museum. There we catch the west side Fox River Trail and go north to the Kane County Forest Preserve. Here we will follow back east on the causeway and across another pedestrian bridge to the Windmill and then head south again back to the finish near the Lodge.
We will have awards for overall and top three in each age and gender class age 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70 up as high as needed.
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 must finish in under 01:00:00 to be eligible for awards.
Awards will be given out at The Lodge at 9:30am.
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