SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society (SCHS) will host its Run to the Wall beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept 5. The wall is the Vietnam Memorial traveling replica wall, which SCHS will exhibit in Custenborder Park, 449 Riverside Drive, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6.
The 5K will begin in the park and at its end, runners will have a choice. They can run the last leg past the wall in order to get a true, 5K run time. Or they can slow and join the walkers to move past the wall to touch a name that has special meaning, to reflect on the people who gave their lives not just in Vietnam, but in all of America’s wars.
Advance registration is $15 without a shirt, $20 with a shirt at cantstoprunningco.com, on the SCHS Facebook page and at the SCHS offices in the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., Sidney. The deadline to be assured a shirt is Aug. 25. Registration the day of the race will begin at 7 p.m. The fee will be $20 with no shirt.
The route of the race will first go around the Field of Valor, a field of American flags – it is hoped there will be 1,000 of them – each honoring a serviceman or woman, a first responder or someone who kept a family going at home while a spouse, son or daughter served. The Field of Valor will fly behind the wall throughout the week and will be open, 24 hours per day, free of charge.
From the Field of Valor, the racers will go into Tawawa Park, continue on the Veteran’s Military Parkway. They will follow the parkway under Ohio 47, around Baumgarden Basin, across the Ross Bridge to Milligan Glen and then will return to Custenborder Field.
Awards will be given to the top male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division, male and female. The divisions are 10 and under, 11-19, 20-29, 20-29, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older.
Can’t Stop Running Co. of Piqua will time the race.
Awards will be given after the last runner finishes. Free refreshments will be served at the finish line. The Sidney-Shelby County Rotary Club also will host a pancake breakfast at the wall from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for $6.
For information about the 5K or to purchase a flag for the Field of Valor, call (937) 498-1653.