Remember Our Heroes Race

Please note that by lack of information, the event has been archived.
September 11, 2016

Heroes – people who make a difference through small acts of kindness or brave acts of courage.  The upcoming 15th anniversary of 9/11 gives us pause to remember the heroes of that day – the 2,996 people killed, the more than 6,000 people injured, and all the emergency response personnel.  It is also a catalyst for remembering other heroes such as veterans, first responders, teachers, and medical workers to name a few.  September anniversaries also reveal heroes of a different nature such as high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, born 2 Sep 63, the first “ordinary citizen” in space who died with the six crew members in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

Remembering personal heroes can bring tears and smiles, often both at the same time, as the heroic acts that made a difference are recalled.  The same is true when remembering living heroes who are sometimes forgotten such as aging veterans and retired first responders.  The act of remembering without action, however, is insufficient.  Even saying “thank you for your service” may not be enough.  The desire to “do something” to honor our heroes is the driving force behind the collaboration of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Corps of Cadets and Team Red, White and Blue (RWB).  The goal of active remembering is to never forget.

VMI is known for graduating citizen-soldiers possessing a high sense of public service.  Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  VMI and the local chapter of Team RWB have joined together to remember our heroes by sponsoring a race in their honor.  Why a race?  Runners often face the same little voice inside them as heroes do that wants them to quit and quitting, short of being injured, is not an option for heroes or runners.

VMI’s McKethan Park will be the start and finish location for the 5K, 10K and half marathon races at 8 am on 11 September 2016.  Each race will start with a battle cry “ROHR” and end with a shout out for each runner’s hero as they cross the finish line.  Runners are encouraged to bring their hero, or a picture of their hero, to the race to share in the remembrance.  Local veterans and retirees will be invited to join in and share their stories of sacrifice and service.  VMI cadets will provide support for the event and be a conduit for preserving the stories of the heroes.  They will serve those who have served or are still serving.  

 


10K Course & Description

Course Description: The trail follows a very gentle grade throughout (except for a short distance at the South River detour). The surface is smooth gravel and grass, usually about 10 feet wide.  Overhanging trees may drop branches and nuts, adjoining cliffs may drop rocks, there are still a couple of sections where livestock may be dropping things, there are a couple of small springs which may be seeping, and very rarely there may be a small root in the trail.  So you will want to keep your eyes on the trail at all times, and watch where you step for many reasons. 


10K Course: Start time 8:00 a.m. Race will finish and end at McKethan Park – more details on the race including course map and description will be posted as soon as possible. 


Aid/drink Stations:  will be set up at the start/finish, all turn-around points, and at Old Sheppard Road.  Porta-potties will be set up at the start/finish, Old Sheppard Road, and Veterans Bridge.


5K Course & Description

Course Description: The trail follows a very gentle grade throughout (except for a short distance at the South River detour). The surface is smooth gravel and grass, usually about 10 feet wide.  Overhanging trees may drop branches and nuts, adjoining cliffs may drop rocks, there are still a couple of sections where livestock may be dropping things, there are a couple of small springs which may be seeping, and very rarely there may be a small root in the trail.  So you will want to keep your eyes on the trail at all times, and watch where you step for many reasons. 


5K Course:  Start time 8:00 a.m.  Race will finish and end at McKethan Park – more details on the race including course map and description will be posted as soon as possible. 


Aid/drink Stations:  will be set up at the start/finish, all turn-around points, and at Old Sheppard Road.  Porta-potties will be set up at the start/finish, Old Sheppard Road, and Veterans Bridge.


Awards & Age Groups

AWARDS & AGE GROUPS: Custom medals will be given to all finishers of the half marathon.  Top overall finishers for males and females in each race will also receive medals, as will the winners of each age group.  Age groups male and female: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.


The award ceremonies will be as follows:


5K: 9 AM at Pavillion


10K: 9:30 AM at Pavillion


Half Marathon: 10:00 AM at Pavillion


FAQ

FAQs:
​1.   Can I Wear Headphones? 
           Yes but for safety reasons we do not recommend it.
2.  Is the course fast?
           The course is smooth and follows a very gentle grade.  Some of the lesser-used  parts are mostly covered with grass, which is mowed.  All of which is to say that a PR is definitely not out of the question.
3.  Can I register the day of the race?
            Yes, there will be race day registration.  Online registration will remain open through September 4, 2016 but if you wait until the last minute you may not receive a t-shirt, and your name may not make it into the timing system.
4.  Can I mail my registration or pay at packet pick-up?
            No, registrations will be accepted only online through runsignup.com.
5.  Can I receive a refund or transfer if something comes up and I can’t run?
            No.  We are sorry that we will not be able to offer refunds or transfers for any reason.
6.  Will the race be cancelled if it rains?
            No.  As long as there is not lightning the race will proceed as scheduled.  In the event of severe and unsafe weather, the race may be postponed a short amount of time, or cancelled.


Goodie Bags

Each Registration comes with a race t-shirt. Woman’s sizes run small. Anyone who registers after 9/1/2016 will not be gaurenteed a tshirt with registration. We will do our best to try and have extra sizes available, but cannot gaurentee their availability. Each Registrant will also recieve custom dog tag medals that match the distance they completed. More information on the goodie bags will be posted as it becomes available. 


Half Marathon Course & Description

Course Description: The trail follows a very gentle grade throughout (except for a short distance at the South River detour). The surface is smooth gravel and grass, usually about 10 feet wide.  Overhanging trees may drop branches and nuts, adjoining cliffs may drop rocks, there are still a couple of sections where livestock may be dropping things, there are a couple of small springs which may be seeping, and very rarely there may be a small root in the trail.  So you will want to keep your eyes on the trail at all times, and watch where you step for many reasons. 



Half Marathon Course:  Start time 8 a.m.  5K Course: Start time 8:00 a.m. Race will finish and end at McKethan Park – more details on the race including course map and description will be posted as soon as possible. 


Aid/drink Stations:  will be set up at the start/finish, all turn-around points, and at Old Sheppard Road.  Porta-potties will be set up at the start/finish, Old Sheppard Road, and Veterans Bridge.


Race Day Information

Race Day Info: Parking at McKethan Park will open at 6:30 a.m.  Look for signs from Old Buena Vista Road.  Packet pick and Race Day Registration will be available from 6:30 – 7:30 near the starting line.  A bag drop area for personal belongings will also be set up near the starting line and you must have your bib number to drop and pick up your bag.  Restrooms at Pavilion #2 will be available for use.  Porta-potties will also be available near the starting line.  Snacks and beverages for the runners will be set up near the start/finish line. 
 
The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K will start at 8:00 a.m. Awards  will be presented as  results are available.  All race support functions will cease operation at 1:00 PM.
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For best results your bib number should be worn on your front, at chest height.

Drop Bags: A drop bag area will be set up near the starting line.  Runners must have their bib number present when checking bags in and out.  Do not put valuables such as money or electronics in your drop bag.  We will make every effort to see that your belongings are safely returned to you, but can not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any valuables.


Race Rules

COURSE RULES: No strollers or pets.  Ear buds are permitted, but are discouraged for safety reasons.  Stay to the right when encountering oncoming runners.  Walkers are welcome in all races.


Schedule For The Race Day

SUNDAY – 9/11/2016


6:30 AM – Race Day Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration Opens.


8:00 AM – 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon Start.


9:00 AM – 5K Awards Ceremony


9:30 AM – 10K Awards Ceremony


10:00 AM – Half Marathon Awards Ceremony 


MORE TBD

The information about this race is based on information provided by the organizers or found on the official website of the event. Always check the official website for up-to-date information. If you have noticed any mistake, let us know at [email protected]

Races

Remember Our Heroes Race 5K

September 11, 2016 (Sunday) - 08:00
Running
5 kilometers
 

Remember Our Heroes Race 10K

September 11, 2016 (Sunday) - 08:00
Running
10 kilometers
 

Remember Our Heroes Race Half Marathon

September 11, 2016 (Sunday) - 08:00
Running
21.097 kilometers
 

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