MILITARY RETIREES TRI-STATE AREA TO PRESENT
FIRST TROOPS AND BOOTS 5K RUN/WALK
ON ARMED FORCES DAY MAY 20TH
On Armed Forces Day, Military Retirees Tri-State Area (MRTSA) will present its first TROOPS AND BOOTS 5K RUN/WALK on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The race will begin 8:00 a.m. at the MRTSA Clubhouse located at 280 Cynthia Place in downtown Memphis. Funds from the event will be used to provide college scholarships for deserving high school seniors. The event is designed for all ages and all fitness levels including individuals, teams, families, and military or nonmilitary organizations. Those interested in participating can find registration, vendor and donation forms online at http://troopsandboots5k.racesonline.com. For more information on event sponsorships, call or text 901-292-2672.
“Armed Forces Day is celebrated around the world and honors all branches of military service,” explains Club President Lewis Moore. “In the United States, it is always celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This is the perfect occasion to launch our newest fundraiser. Our intention is to involve the entire community in recognition of Armed Forces Day — veterans and current troops from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard, veteran support organizations and area military bases, ROTC units, other youth organizations, churches, fraternities, sororities, sports and fitness enthusiasts and everyday people. We’re asking the entire community to support the Troops and Boots 5K so that we can provide scholarships and make this an annual event.”
A nonprofit 501(c)(19), MRTSA was formed in 1974 to bring together retired military personnel and to channel their diverse and varied experience and expertise into activities for the betterment of the community. With its clubhouse named for the late Dr. R.Q. Venson, a WWI veteran and prominent Beale Street dentist, MRTSA is the only predominantly African-American VFW Post in the state. Membership is open to veterans in all branches of the military.
Registration is now open for the MTRSA TROOPS AND BOOTS 5K RUN/WALK. Those who sign up early will receive a discounted rate. Early registration is $20 now through May 13 and $25 from May 14 to May 19. On site registration is $30 and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on May 20. There are special rates for wheelchair and “spirit” racers. All participants receive a t-shirt and packet. Event management and timing services are being provided by Start2Finish.
On May 20, the race begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and the awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. at 280 Cynthia Place (38127). Visit the website http://troopsandboots5k.racesonline.com/register to sign up, pay fees online or printout a registration form to submit a check by mail. Team registration is also available online. ###