SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5K

Sat August 1, 2020 Houlton, ME 04730 US Directions RaceJoy Ready

We at CompetitorME are excited for the SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5K in Houlton, Maine on August 1st!

This is to inform you of our intent to hold the event in person, as scheduled, and to outline the safe manner in which we will do this.  Most of all, we want you to have the same outstanding experience that you would have before COVID-19, with some procedures added for everyone’s safety.


In May, we drafted guidelines for a safe return to events using a three-phase approach.  As outlined by Maine Governor Mills’ mandate, this event will be held during phase two, which limits gatherings to 50 people or less. 

CompetitorME’s Guidelines serve to:

  • Prioritize the health and safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, client staff, and CompetitorME staff.
  • Mirror and adhere to the Federal Government Guidelines by following the three-phased approach to reopening.
  • Provide documentation to our clients with recommendations for their events.
  • Provide local and state authorities with a written plan from CompetitorME regarding the procedures and processes for the client’s event.
  • Rely on recommendations from several different sources (Centers for Disease Control, USA Triathlon, RunSignUp, and Road Runners Club of America).
  • Effectively communicate changes and set expectations with participants. 


If after reading this, you want to switch your registration, we can accommodate that request.  Whether it be from an in person participant to a virtual participant, or a virtual participant to an in person participant, simply email us at competitorme@gmail.com.  If you switch to a virtual participant, know you will still receive the same event swag by mail!


As mentioned, events in the COVID-19 world will be slightly different for the foreseeable future.  Across the entire industry, event managers have had to adapt and rise to meet the challenges brought on through restrictions. 

The SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5K in Houlton will take place with no more than 50 individuals at or near the start/finish, packet pickup, parking, or on the course.  We will have corrals, or waves, that each participant will be assigned to (see Event Schedule below).  The corrals will have a designated time period that participants will be allowed to participate. There will be no changing of corrals or exceptions made on race day.  Social distancing and masks will be required of all in attendance, for the safety of their fellow athletes and our staff. 

Because of the need to limit the number of individuals to 50 or less, there will be NO race day registration.  We encourage all who want to participate in person to register before Wednesday, July 29th. 

While we normally encourage friends and family to attend, spectators will be discouraged in order to control the number of individuals at the start/finish.  Instead, the use of RaceJoy and Facebook LIVE will be encouraged so they may cheer from home.

We have estimated the following formula with regards to meeting the limit of 50 individuals during each corral. 

CompetitorME staff- 2
Volunteers- 5
Vendors- 0
Medical personnel- 0
Spectators- 0
Participants- 43

Parking will be adjacent to the Millar Civic Center.  Again, we ask that only those participants in the current wave come be present.

Participants registered prior to July 29th will have their packet mailed to them and are asked to bring it with them on race day.  Packet Pick Up for those registered between July 29-31 will occur at two tables near the start/finish.   Only the packets for the corral in attendance will be set out on top of the tables.  Safety pins for bibs will already be in the packets.  CompetitorME staff will have a list of names with associated bib numbers.  Participants will ask for their bib number, then go grab their own packet.

The racecourse will remain the same as in 2019, with the exception of the Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, which will not take place.  We will be using RaceJoy, which will give the opportunity to have an experience unlike any other.  Short audio excerpts will point out specifics on the course.  Additionally, those who cannot make the event can follow along from their device, even sending cheers along the way!  We are extremely excited for this opportunity!

There will be one water stop at approximately 1.5 miles with smaller bottles of water set out on a table manned by a volunteer.  Runners will need to grab their own bottles and carry them to the end of the course for disposal.

The start of the race will be a rolling start, where participants line up approximately every ten feet.  Your chip time will begin once you cross the start line.  Additionally, we will ask you to self-seed within the corral, meaning faster folks will be near the front.  The idea is for the participants to remain socially distanced along the course.  For those using RaceJoy, we will be able to track you along course from the CompetitorME trailer!

Post Event will also feel a bit different.  Water will be set out on a table and packaged food (such as granola bars) will be set out on another table spaced.  Participants will be responsible for grabbing their own items.  We will ask that once you have finished your 5K, you exit from the finish area as soon as possible so that we may prepare and welcome the next wave.

Results will be available online as you cross the finish line.  Additionally, we will be sending emails to those who sign up for this feature during registration. 

There will not be an awards ceremony, since all waves need to finish before results are known.  We will mail your awards the following week. 

Some extras that we will have are additional Porta Potties and hand sanitizer stations onsite. 

Once all participants for the active wave have the parking area, we will sanitize tables and set up for the next wave.  Staff manning the parking will be notified of the next wave and we will repeat the process with open arms!



7:00 am to 7:45 am- parking and packet pick up.

7:45 am- Welcome, Pre-Race Brief, and National Anthem.

8:00 am- WAVE 1 START

9:00 am- Wave 1 has left the area.


9:00 am to 9:45 am- parking and packet pick up.

9:45 am- Welcome, Pre-Race Brief, and National Anthem.

10:00 am- WAVE 2 START

11:00 am- Wave 2 has left the area.

Additional Waves will be made available if needed.


  • Participants will only be admitted at your allotted corral or wave ONLY.  There will be ample time for packet pick up, a warmup, pre-race welcome, and to participate in the event at your pace. 
  • Please, don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Face masks, or face coverings, are mandatory and must be worn at packet pick up, at the start line, when passing other runners, and after finishing the race.
  • Don't share fluids. Carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.
  • Don't share towels, food, gels, or any other item that runners normally share freely.
  • Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using the port-a-john.
  • Do not spit or “nose rocket” in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race.
  • Do practice social distancing - ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six feet of separation.
  • Do avoid close-group selfies.


As described above, we want your experience at the SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5K to be a fantastic experience.  One way we’re doing this is through RunSignUp’s newest creation- RaceJoy!  Please click HERE for a video detailing all that RaceJoy can offer.  All along the course, we will be with you through audio clips at key locations.  Additionally, family and friends can cheer you on from afar, while still enjoying the comforts of pace, distance, and estimated finish time.  We’re even offering this same experience for those who cannot make it to Houlton, and want to join virtually!


Most importantly, you are participating in one of the first events in the state, and Nation, at this time.  We feel safe in the measures being taken to protect all in attendance, and simply ask for your assistance.  Together, we will make this a memorable experience wherein we will Remember and Honor an American Hero!

Best Regards,

Jonathan Kelley


04/19/1979 – 10/02/2012

OEF Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Sgt.1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine, died Oct. 2 of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device attack on Sept. 30, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Henderson enlisted as an administrative specialist in the U.S. Army in 2000. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 24th Transportation Battalion at Fort Eustis, Va. His next assignment was with U.S. Army Garrison – Japan, Camp Zama, Japan, where he served as the Officer Management Branch NCOIC.

Henderson volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006. Upon earning his Special Forces Tab, he initially reported to HHC, 5th SFG (A) as the communications chief. He was then assigned to 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A) as a Special Forces senior communications sergeant. He served on three deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan with 2nd Bn.

His military education includes: Special Operations Command Jumpmaster Course, Senior Leader Course, U.S. Army Combatives Course Level 1, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Combat Diver Qualification Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Advanced Leaders Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, Combat Life Savers Course, and Warrior Leader Course.

Henderson’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with a three device, Overseas Service Ribbon with a two device, NATO Medal, and Driver and Mechanic Badge (Wheeled).

Henderson is survived by his mother and his brother.



The SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial Run will be held on Saturday August 1st, 2020 starting at the Houlton Community Park . All proceeds will go to the Green Beret Foundation. We would be honored to have you participate and celebrate our Home Town Hero.

This 5K will be a cross country style race, which is the Houlton High School and GHCA cross country course. This course can be muddy and contains some rough terrain, tree roots across parts of the trail, cross a small river bed, and fields.  

The first 150 participants are guaranteed an event shirt!

Thank you for participation in honoring Army Sergeant 1st Class Aaron Henderson.

Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge

This event is proud to be a part of the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge!

The Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge serves as a collaborative effort to raise awareness of events that continue the legacies of our Nation's Gold Star Families, Military Active Duty, Veterans, and First Responder Heroes.

Our mission is simple: Inspired by Heroes and Connecting Communities.
The goal is to connect civilians with those who have served, and introducing events, stories, and legacies they may never have known. The Service and Sacrifice Series motto is: Remember, Honor, and Inspire.

In 2020, the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge will be managed by the Honoring Heroes Foundation. The Honoring Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission aligns with that of the Challenge. The major project of the Foundation is the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial, which will be dedicated from the People of the State of Maine, to the Gold Star Families of Maine and our Nation.

Being a part of the 2020 Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge remains simple and can be done anywhere Worldwide! We’ve added new events to our calendar, including three Virtual Events, that represent 16 total events over 9 months. Eligibility for the Challenge requires participants to register for 10 total events, participate in person or virtually, and earn cool Challenge swag at the end!  For more information, please visit our Website or find us on Facebook!

Millar Civic Center
94 Randall Avenue
Houlton, ME US 04730
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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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