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Join us on June 4th, 2022 for the inaugural 5K Louisville H.E.R.O. (Honor Earned. Remembrance Owed) Run/Walk/Ruck to honor military personnel who have died while serving and those who died because they have borne the battle. This unique event will feature a commemorative coin for all finishers. This family-friendly event welcomes participants of all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.
Proceeds will benefit the newly established University of Louisville's Veteran and Dependent scholarship as well as Veterans Club Inc. This event will take place at the University of Louisville Cardinal Park Track Stadium 2125 South Floyd Street in Louisville. The 5K route will leave the track and field stadium, take participants through the beautiful University of Louisville campus, and finish on the track.
$25 for the 5K, $25 for the Ruck 5K, and registration for Military/Veterans will be $20. Kids 12 and under can also choose to run our FREE 100-meter run.
Packet pickup will happen Friday, June 3, 2022, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Mission BBQ 4607 Shelbyville Road St Matthews KY 40207. Their website is: https://mission-bbq.com/. Race day packet pickup and registration will happen from 7:30am to 8:30am at Cardinal Park.
All finishers will receive a commemorative coin. The top male and female age group finisher will also receive an award. The age categories are 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.
With more than 1,000 self-identified Veteran students and dependents of Veterans using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, UofL has a large Veteran student community. While UofL has been named “Military Friendly” for 11 consecutive years, one small way the university is helping Veteran and dependent students even more is by having a scholarship fund these students can access.
This new Veteran and Dependent Scholarship fund will be used to assist Veteran and dependent students to help them achieve their academic goals and their career aspirations. The fund will be administered through the soon-to-be-announced Center for Military-Connected Students. The intent is that UofL will begin offering scholarships for the fall 2022 semester.
Veterans Club Inc is a local non-profit organization that focuses on providing connection, healing, recovery, and housing for the Kentuckiana Veteran Community. Veterans Club Inc offers equine-facilitated mentoring, vocational training, and recreational therapy. Proceeds from the HERO Run/Walk/Ruck will aid Veterans in need of financial assistance to pay bills, rent, utilities, etc.
Forged by heart and steeped in military history, this one-of-a-kind knife is an essential blade for Veteran knife collectors. The hand forged masterpiece is the brilliant work of Father to Son Forge blacksmith Perry Johnson. The Damascus blade contains ammunition brass from active combat as well as some steel from the World Trade Center. The micarta handle contains service member uniforms from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Just Cause, Operation Gothic Serpent, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Uniforms from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy are represented. Additionally, remnants of a Ranger beret, Special Forces beret, and Air Force Company Commander beret are part of the micarta. The eagle head is cast from reclaimed ammunition brass as well. The eagle head mold was hand-carved by the son of a Silver Star recipient from Operation Gothic Serpent. Buy your tickets now HERE.
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