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The DAV 5k will take place Saturday, November 11 at Sawyer Point. A motorcycle honor ride will kick off the events, with the race starting at 9 a.m. Race participant can run, walk, or roll through the course and are encouraged to write the name of someone they'd like to honor on their race bib. / Image courtesy of Disabled American Veterans

Support Our Veterans With The DAV 5K On November 11

On November 11, Cincinnati will see hundreds of veterans run, walk, roll and ride through its streets in support of Disabled American Veterans.

We’re going to join them, and you should to. Here are the details to get you started:

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Sawyer Point
  • All ages welcome
  • Strollers and bicycles permitted
  • Pre-race registration here
  • Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Oakley on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m
  • Day-of registration and day-of packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m.
  • Parties will follow the closing ceremonies at Moerlein Lager House and Holy Grail. Light snacks will be provided and registered veterans will receive one complimentary drink.

MOTORCYCLE HONOR RIDE

The Motorcycle Honor Ride will kick off the DAV 5K at Sawyer Point. The bikes will roll out at 8:40, about 20 minutes before the race begins. They’ll line up near the finish line to create an exciting scene for the end of the race, should any of the runners require that last extra bit of motivation.

All makes and models are welcome. Riders and passengers must register.

THE HONOR BIB

Here’s one of the coolest parts of the DAV 5K. Runners are encouraged to fill their bibs with the names of those they’re honoring by participating in the race. They call it the “honor bib.”

Bobby Light’s bib, for example, will read the name of the man running next to him. Or maybe it’ll just say “dad," because Light’s father, a 26-year veteran of the police force, was the one who inspired him to enlist in the Army.

And just so you know, Light isn’t disabled. You don’t have to be to participate in the race. You don’t have to be a veteran either.

Mike Hammons, however, is both. He injured his left foot while serving. After five surgeries, he walks with a limp and suffers from chronic knee and back pain. But every year he rouses himself to participate in the 5K, because it means that much to him.

DAV has helped Hammons’s family a few times. Not only did they represent him with his VA claim, they also represented his grandpa Sam after he was injured at Iwo Jima.

And it’s that same grandpa whose name Hammons will write on his honor bib.

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For more information on the 2017 DAV 5K Cincinnati, visit their website.


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