By DAN FOX
Troy’s Running Club is coming back with its Second Annual Veterans Day 5k run/walk on Nov. 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. the County Courthouse on Main Street.
Race organizer David Norman said years ago there was a ceremony held at the courthouse on Veterans Day, but that event had dwindled in attendance and eventually gone away.
Norman, a veteran and an avid runner, said he couldn’t “sit around and wait for someone to do something,” and that he wanted to do something to give back to the community.
“We took a chance and did the Veterans Day [5k], and it was a great day,” Norman said. “We had 129 registered runners, and I had at least 100 people for the ceremony,” Norman said. “The whole front yard of the courthouse up here on Main Street was full, it was what I wanted to see.”
Last year’s run raised over $1,000 for the Honor Flight Network, and $400 for Buddy Bags, and Norman said he’s hoping to give away the proceeds again this year.
The race will start and finish at the courthouse, with a Veterans Ceremony following the run.
“It feels good to give back to the community, somehow, someway,” Norman said. “And since I’ve been running for 32 years, what better way I guess than to put on a 5k, and kind of get the community together.”