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Join us on June 3rd, 2023 for the second annual Louisville H.E.R.O. (Honor Earned. Remembrance Owed) Run/Walk/Ruck 5K to honor military personnel who died while serving and those who died because they have borne the battle. This unique event will feature a commemorative medal for all finishers. This family-friendly event welcomes participants of all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.
Proceeds will benefit the University of Louisville's Salute to Scholarship fund as well as Veterans Club Inc. This event will take place at the University of Louisville Cardinal Park Track Stadium at 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 Walk/Run/Ruck, and registration for Military/Veterans is $20. Kids 12 and under can also choose to run our FREE 100-meter run.
Packet pickup will be Friday, June 2, 2023, 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 7:00am to 8:00am at Cardinal Park.
All finishers will receive a commemorative medal.
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. A few examples of how 2022 H.E.R.O. Run donations helped Louisville-area Veterans:
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.
The Salute to Service Veteran and Dependent Scholarship Fund is used to assist Veterans and their dependent students to help them achieve their academic goals and their career aspirations. The fund is administered through the Military-Connected Student Resource Center. UofL began offering this scholarship in the fall 2022 semester.
The 2022 event featured a hand-forged masterpiece that was 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 to the Global War on Terror. 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. Father to Son Forge is making another custom piece for our 2023 event.
Tickets are only $10 each for your chance to win this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Get you tickets in the race store listed in the menu bar above.
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