Veterans Remembrance 4-mile road race will debut Sunday, Nov. 9, in Ellsworth

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Robin Clarke and Tony McKim wear the dog tags that will be given out as medals at the first annual “Veteran’s Remembrance 4-mile Road Race,” which will be held Sunday morning, Nov. 9, at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA. Clarke, a fitness instructor at the YMCA, organized the race, and Tony McKim, President of The First, N.A., agreed to have the bank sponsor the event. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — When Robin Clarke struggled to find a local race to run in honor of veterans, she decided to create one herself.“The running community here is crazy,” the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA fitness instructor said. “Everyone is running. People who have never run before are running.”Road races have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to celebrate holidays or inspirational people. They range in titles from the Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” or the Christmas “Santa Run” to memorial runs named after local figures like Jerry Kaufman or George Schaefer.Clarke saw an opportunity to do both with her new run: celebrate Veterans Day while honoring local veterans. The first annual “Veterans Remembrance 4-mile Road Race” will take place Sunday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. at the YMCA located on State Street in Ellsworth. Registration will open at 8 a.m. inside the YMCA gymnasium, and walkers are invited to start the course at 8:30 a.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPart of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services for veterans injured by military action. Cost to race is $15 per person, but participants with a military ID can race for free.“We really want to get veterans involved,” Clarke said. “Why not base a run on a holiday that means something?”For sponsors, Clarke reached out to Tony McKim, president of the Maine-based banking chain: The First, N.A. The business has agreed to sponsor the event.“Anything that brings a community together to support veterans is something I can get behind,” McKim said. “The bank is extremely honored to take part in this.”The cause struck a chord for McKim, whose relatives have served in wars dating back to World War II. McKim knows first hand the sacrifices veterans make for their country.“Whenever you see a veteran who has been seriously hurt, where just day-to-day existence is challenging,” McKim began. “And you see them do everything they can to get out of their wheelchair to salute the flag.“Whether it’s a commitment to a flag or something else — to me, there is nothing more compelling to support.”Clarke has arranged for a singer to perform the national anthem before the race and for Mortons Moo to offer ice cream samples. Other businesses like Active Life and Eden Athletics will be present, as will two masseuses who have donated their time to give free massages.Clarke has ordered an abundance of T-shirts and dog tags, which will be given out as medals by veterans after the race. Woodland Studios also has donated more than 100 camouflage head wraps for participants. In addition, the race bibs that runners will wear are green and orange to resemble military colors.“Something to hang on your wall and say, ‘I did the first annual Veteran’s Remembrance Run.” Clarke said. “Everyone will get something.”The First has donated two $25 Visa gift cards for first-place overall male and female runners and $20 gift cards for the runner-ups. Winners of their age bracket will also receive a charm sneaker. Clarke said she will award a different charm every year if the run takes off.“I hope this can open peoples’ eyes to the veterans in this community,” Clarke said. “We should honor them and show them that we still appreciate them, whether they fought in World War II or they’ve just gotten back.”For registration forms or more information about this event, visit defymca.org or contact Robin Clarke at 667-3086. Details can also be found on Facebook at the “1st Annual Veterans Remembrance 4-mile Road Race” event page. Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img

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