A nine-mile run/walk to remember Upper Peninsula soldiers killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in Marquette.  Community members are invited to participate in this non-competitive activity free of charge. Cash donations will be accepted to support organizations that help victims’ families and wounded veterans. Local businesses have contributed raffle prizes.

            The event is designed to raise awareness about the lives of those who fought without promoting any political affiliation or agenda. It coincides with the final day of the national “Run for the Fallen,” which began in Fort Irwin, Calif., on Flag Day – June 14 – and ends at Arlington National Ceremony. A team of runners is covering one mile for every service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and placing a U.S. flag at each marker. Because the route did not pass through the Upper Peninsula, local organizers, including members of the ROTC program at Northern Michigan University, developed a nine-mile leg that would honor fallen U.P. soldiers.

            Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the start and finish location: Advantedge Training on Harbor Hills Drive off McClellan Avenue. The run/walk will proceed south on McClellan, east on Pioneer to Division Street, across to Founder’s Landing and along the lakeshore to an aid station at Picnic Rocks before the return trip on the same route.

            Donations will be accepted at the registration site. They will support the Wounded Warrior Project, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors (HUGSS) and the 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund.    

            For more information, contact or call Jamie at 486-4828 or Abel at 814-777-1732.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director