Be A Hero! 5K Run/Walk

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Online Registration closed at:
11:59 PM on 07/04/2013


Huntington, WV - Pullman Square- Veterans Memorial Blvd


July 6, 2013 - 9:00 AM


5K, 1 mile, 1/2 mile


The course for Be A Hero 5K Run/Walk will be the popular course that the WV 5K Championships uses in the beautiful downtown Huntington, WV. The start will take the runners west on Veteran\\\'s Memorial Blvd approximately 0.6 mile before turning left on 1st St. where they will head South for two blocks before turning left again on 5th Ave. They will travel almost 1.5 miles down 5th Ave. before turning left on Hal Greer Blvd. Two blocks on Hal Greer then the runners will turn left on 3rd Ave where they are a little more than half of a mile away from the finish line. The runners will run on 3rd Ave while going onto Veteran\\\'s Memorial Blvd where there is a slight downhill to the finish!The 1 mile fun run/walk will be held on the sidewalks that surround Pullman Square. This will be 2 complete laps around and will not be timed nor competitive.The 1/2 mile fun run/walk will be held on the sidewalks that surround Pullman Square. This will be 1 complete laps around and will not be timed nor competitive.

Entry Fees

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED AT 11:59PM ON JULY 4TH. YOU MAY STILL REGISTER ON JULY 5TH AT THE HIT CENTER OF HUNTINGTON FROM 4:00PM-8:00PM OR ON JULY 6TH AT PULLMAN SQUARE BEFORE THE RACE BETWEEN 7:00AM AND 8:25AM Age 10 and Under: $10 Students (Middle School, High School & College): $15 Emergency Service Personnel (police, fire fighters, EMT, etc): $15 Active Military/ Veterans: $15 *THE FIRST 200 REGISTERED ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY & VETERANS WILL RECEIVE FREE REGISTRATION THANKS TO HEALTHYHUNTINGTON.ORG. YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO RECEIVE THIS DEAL IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE* Pre-Register: $20 Online registration closes at 11:59pm on Thursday July 4th. You may register on Friday July 5th at the HIT Center of Huntington from 4:00pm to 8:00pm or on race day between 7:00am and 8:25am. Group Rates: Group rates for businesses and other organizations may be available, please contact the race director for more information. AS OF 12:00PM ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 WE HAVE MET OUR FIRST 250 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS QUOTA. THEY WERE GUARANTEED A DRAWSTRING SPORTS BAG AND TSHIRT WITH THEIR FEES. REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS AFTER THIS MAY ORDER AND PURCHASE A TSHIRT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $10.00 AT PACKET PICKUP OR RACE DAY. *Proof of eligibility for discounted rates will be required to be shown at packet pick up. Falsifying this information will result in your disqualification from the event, forfeiture of all race related materials, and you registration fees will not be refunded*

Age Groups

10 and under 11-14 15-18 19-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-65 66-70 71 and Up


The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive a medal. The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group will receive a medal. There will be an award for the team who brings the most people! You can create/join a team through the online registration section or you can inform us of your team on race day. The awards for the 10 and under age group will be announced by the superheroes at Heroes4Higher. Awards will not be duplicated. 5K Walkers are non competitive 1 mile and 1/2 mile fun run/walk is non competitive and not timed. CONTESTS: ROBERT\\\'S RUNNING AND WALKING SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATE RAFFLE: We will be holding two separate drawings, male and female, to win a $25 gift certificate to Roberts Running And Walking Shop good at both the Huntington and Charleston locations. A ticket is $2.00 and can be purchased during registration under the Extras tab or can be purchased at pre packet pick up or the morning of the race before it starts. DOOR PRIZES: Door prizes do not cost you a thing! We will be raffling off many great items for FREE!!! These include: 2 FREE personal training sessions at the HIT Center of Huntington 1 FREE class at the Marshall Recreation Center $30 gift certificate to the Thai House at Pullman Square $25 gift certificate to 21 At The Fredrick 4 FREE dinners at the MU Hall of Fame Café 1lbs of Medium Roast Morning Blend coffee from Startbucks FREE race entries to upcoming races in the area SPECIAL OFFERS: We are offering our participants an amazing deal. You can purchase a $25 gift certificate to Roberts Running And Walking Shop good at both the Huntington and Charleston locations for only $20!!! This special offer is available under the Extras tab of registration. This special offer is only available during registration, you can NOT obtain this offer at pre packet pick up or the day of the race so act fast! Limit 1 certificate per participant.

Charity Information

More Information

The Marshall University Veterans Council is proud to present the Be A Hero 5K Run/Walk in the beautiful downtown area of Huntington, West Virginia. SO WHAT MAKES A THE BE A HERO 5K DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER 5K IVE DONE? The participants are highly encouraged, but not required, to rediscover their inner kid and dress as their favorite superhero; whether it be a comic book hero, movie hero, a real life hero, or a hero made up from their imagination (as long as its kid friendly). The real superheroes from Heroes for Higher will be in attendance and involved in the race as well as the post-race activities (a perfect photo opportunity for the kids, or the adults who are still kids at heart). There is also a rumor that Truck Man from Dutch Miller Automotives Chevrolet Hyundai Kia will be running in the race. Prior to the 9am kickoff of the Be A Hero 5K, there will be a ceremony to honor all of the military service members who have given their lives over the years to protect this great country and its citizens. After the race, there are several events in the planning process. Our guest speaker is Hershel \'Woody\' Williams, a World War 2 Veteran who received the Congressional Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart for his actions in the battle of Iwo Jima. He will be giving a quick talk about issues that our Veterans face today. He will also be assisting us in the awards ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, we will be doing our raffles for gift certificates from Robert’s Running & Walking as well as various items from other generous businesses. M&M Inflatables will have inflatable bounce houses and a dunk tank set up; there will be a small fee for the bounce houses and dunk tank but the profits will go to the races charity, Wounded Wear. I HAVE HEARD OF WOUNDED WARRIOR, BUT NOT WOUNDED WEAR. WHY WOUNDED WEAR? Wounded Wear was created by a severely wounded Navy SEAL, LT. Jason Redman, who while undergoing his own reconstruction and recovery recognized two key issues that were not addressed by other organizations. He struggled with his massive injuries to find clothing he could wear around the medical devices necessary for healing and he noticed that most people never assumed that his injuries occurred on the battlefield fighting for our Freedom. These issues inspired him to create Wounded Wear, to provide fashionable clothing and clothing modifications to America’s wounded warriors and American citizens, to promote awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members, their families, and the families of fallen service members have made in the name of Freedom; and to foster a sense of pride, camaraderie, determination, and strength of purpose, amongst them. Wounded Wear believes that the sacrifices that built this country should never be forgotten and that those who have endured that sacrifice should be eternally recognized, honored as the heroes they are, and provided every opportunity to accomplish their American Dream, that which they sacrificed so much for, so that other Americans could accomplish theirs. Wounded Wear\'s mission is to raise the national awareness of the sacrifice of wounded warriors, their families, and the families of fallen service members. In support of this mission Wounded Wear advocates on behalf and facilitates opportunities for those who have sacrificed so much, as well as providing free fashionable clothing kits and modifications to wounded warriors that empower them to rediscover the hero within. Wounded Wear is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization and only has a 3% administrative cost; which means $0.97 out of every $1.00 received by Wounded Wear goes directly toward the combat wounded Veterans that they assist. SO WHAT DOES MY REGISTRATION FEES GO TOWARD? The first 250 registered participants are guaranteed a tshirt made by Graphic Solutions, LLC and a drawstring sports bag provided by The Village on 6th. To be guaranteed that you receive your specific tshirt size, you need to be registered by Sunday June 23rd. After June 23rd, we will do our best to accommodate your size by ordering estimated sizes but we cannot guarantee you anything. If we do not have your size or a size larger on race day, then you will be able to order a tshirt of your size for an additional $15. This is simply due to production timelines and the July 4th holiday being right before the race. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors (please see the attached list), ALL of the $3500 start-up costs have been covered as of this email. The tshirts, medals, TriState Racer fees and everything else is already paid for. This means that your registration fees go directly to Wounded Wear, not other race associated bills. Remember, $0.97 out of every $1.00 received by Wounded Wear goes directly toward the combat wounded Veterans that they assist. TIME LINE Friday July 5th- The HIT Center of Huntington 4-8pm: Pre-packet pick up Saturday July 6th- Pullman Square 7:00-8:25am- Packet pick up/race day registration 8:30am: Pre-race ceremonies 9:00am: 5K Run/Walk start 10:00am: 1 mile and 1/2 mile fun run/walk start 10:20am: Awards Ceremonies We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our current sponsors and partners!!! Current Sponsors Huntington Road Runners- Healthy Huntington- Heroes For Higher- The HIT Center of Huntington- Huntington Physical Therapy- Veolia Environmental Services- Dutch Miller Automotives Chevrolet Hyundai Kia- The Village on Sixth- M&M Inflatables- Herd Tactical- Portsmouth Spartan Kettlebell Club- Riverside Physical Therapy- Dirt In Your Skirt- Huntington Detachment 340 Marine Corps League- Community Trust Bank, INC Graphic Solutions, LLC- Roberts Running and Walking Shop- Crossfit Thunder-

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