The McLean 5K Run with the Warriors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 8 am. Benefitting Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at Vinson Hall Retirement Community (VHRC), the Run with the Warriors 5K will take place in downtown McLean.
“We consider the McLean 5K Run with the Warriors a race that the entire community can participate in and enjoy, from babies in strollers to the serious runner,” says Kathleen Martin, CEO of VHRC and executive director of Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation.
This year’s 5K celebrates three years of partnership between Vinson Hall’s NMCGRF and Century 21.
Proceeds from this race provide support to the wounded warriors living at VHRC. Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing was established in 2011 to help some of the many thousands of young, wounded veterans who have returned home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2011, three wounded
warriors, referred by the Walter Reed Wounded Warrior Regiment East, have come to call VHRC home.
Supported by the Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at VHRC, one current wounded warrior resident lives at VHRC with his wife and daughter.
Home to nearly 300 military officers and government employees, VHRC, supported by NMCGRF, is able to support wounded warriors’ physical, mental, and emotional healing during this challenging phase of their lives. Beginning 2011, the McLean 5K has raised more than $143,000 for Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing from registration and corporate sponsorships.
“I’m very excited to be speaking at this year’s McLean 5K. This run is a great opportunity for the community to demonstrate support for service members who have given so much for our country,” commented General Norton A. Schwartz, 19th chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force.
Last year’s race drew in nearly 900 walkers and runners. More than 1,000 people from the Northern Virginia and the surrounding Maryland area are expected to participate in this year’s 5K. The 2014 McLean 5K looks to be a record-breaking year for Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing.
Registration on the day of the event begins at 6:45 a.m., but pre-registration is encouraged.
Participants can register online at http://www.McLean5K.com and sign up for the adult walk or run.
The pre-registration cost for adults is $35 and $40 on the day of the race. Active duty military receive $10 off registration. Registrants can create a corporate team, friend team or family team. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Additional sponsors of the event include Bank of Georgetown, CitiBank, JBG, Navy Federal, and VetFran.
All ages and strollers are welcome to participate in the 5K, but no pets, skateboards, rollerblades, or bicycles are allowed on the course. All registered runners and walkers will receive a t-shirt and bag.
To keep runners hydrated, the course will provide a water station. Award medals will be given to the top two over all male and female winners as well as the top two male and female runners in each age group.
Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Packet pick-up and on-site registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, at the Old Firehouse Teen Center: 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Local roads may be closed. For more information on Wounded
Warrior Transitional Housing, call NMCGRF’s development team at 703-538-2970 or visit http://www.nmcgrf.org. All proceeds from the event are designated for Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at VHRC.
Donations to the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support the mission and vision of Vinson Hall Retirement Community including Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing, can be made at www.nmcgrf.org.