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The Salute to Service 5k features a run across the river as well as a Pumpkin Dash over the Purple People Bridge. There will be an afterparty at Axis Alley. Proceeds will go to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. / WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2017 / WHERE: Newport on the Levee / Image: Brian Planalp

Support Our Service Members With Newport On The Levee's Salute To Service 5k In October

It’s rare that the 5k run is the undercard at a 5k event, but at Newport on the Levee’s first ever Salute to Service 5k, all eyes are going to be on the Purple People Bridge Pumpkin Dash.

What’s the Pumpkin Dash? It’s a little self-explanatory, which is to say it isn’t anything more than a .15-mile race over the Purple People Bridge, with participants carrying a pumpkin. But if we’re talking about ways to usher in fall with a little fall-themed fun, this is pretty cool.

It’s also pretty cool as a way to raise funds for the USO, which is the purpose of the Salute to Service 5k. Proceeds will benefit the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, which covers 65 counties in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and West Virginia.

It gets better: All proceeds and donations contributed to this particular USO stay within the area it serves, meaning you’ll be taking care of the military in our own “back yard” by participating.

Alas, as fun as it sounds, the Pumpkin Dash is only for children 12 and younger. (Curse the inexorable march of time!)

But the regular ol’ 5k is still a good option, whether you’re looking to run or walk. It begins at Newport on the Levee, crosses the Purple People Bridge, does a walkabout around Cincinnati’s east end, then returns to Newport on the Levee. There’s also an after party at Axis Alley, which will be open to all participants and their families.


What: A 5k run/walk for all ages and the Pumpkin Dash for children 12 and younger.

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Pumpkin Dash starts at 9 a.m., while the 5k starts at 10 a.m.

Pumpkin Dash Registration: Pre-registration is required for the Pumpkin Dash to ensure every child has a pumpkin. All pre-registered children will receive an event t-shirt, a small pumpkin and one drink ticket (soft drink) for the after party.

5k Registration: Pre-registration is not required for the 5k. However, those who pre-register will receive an event t-shirt, a swag bag and two drink tickets (beer or soft drinks) for the afterparty. Those who do not pre-register will only receive the two drink tickets.

Pre-registration Link: Go here to pre-register. Pre-registration is $15 for the Pumpkin Dash and $35 for the 5k run walk.

Military Discount: A military discount of $10 will be given with proof of a valid military ID.

Packet Pick-up: You can pick up your packet at Axis Alley at Newport on the Levee.

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For more information on Newport on the Levee’s Salute to Service 5k, visit the Newport on the Levee website. Pre-register for the event here.