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October 21, 2014

276 runners have already preregistered for United Way’s Honor Our Heroes Quarter Marathon and 5K. Organizers encourage those planning to enter to do likewise as soon as possible. With a 350-runner cap, the event is already at 80% capacity.

Runners from as far as Tennessee and Nebraska will join those who live near the park entrance to honor their heroes while raising money for the $1 million United Way campaign.

“We are on pace to sell out,” said Terri Sproull, United Way’s Event Coordinator. “The early weather forecast is calling for a bright, warm, sunny morning. It’s going to be an amazing turnout.”

The course for the quarter marathon will stretch into nearby Jerome Village, which is the Presenting Sponsor of the event. Thanks to the generosity of all event sponsors, 100% of runner registrations will benefit the $1 million United Way campaign.

Local runners should note that the quarter marathon serves as the 13th race in the 14-event Union County Grand Prix Series. Updated Series points standings for local runners can be found on the Union County Health Department’s website at: http://uchd.net/wellness-consortium#UCGPS

Runners are encouraged to pre-register online at: http://www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org/HOH5k2014.php. Both races will use IPICO Sports Timing with Speedy Sneakers. Runners will receive a long-sleeve race shirt just in time for the cold running season. All finishers will be awarded a medal. And complimentary photos and post-race food and drink will be available. For more information, please contact Terri Sproull, United Way Event Coordinator, at (937) 644-8381 ext. 3.

United Way works to bring neighbors and resources together to improve lives in Union County. United Way of Union County has raised more than $17 million for local needs since it was established in 1958. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profit organizations to solve pressing social service issues large and small.

For more information, please visit www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.

Rene Deniston of Marysville rounds a bend with a thumbs up during last year’s Honor Our Heroes run. The 2014 event to benefit the $1 Million United Way campaign is set for Saturday November 1 at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
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