BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Runners and walkers are gearing up for a community race that is more than four decades in the making.
The 41st annual Maumee Rec 5K Walk and Run will take place on Saturday, July 13. The event, which begins and ends at Maumee High School, takes runners on a course through and around the campus.
In addition, this year, a special tribute to the men and women in uniform has been incorporated so that members of the military, both past and present, will be remembered during the race.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Maumee Senior Center to help fund programs and services for area seniors.
“This is a great opportunity for the Maumee Senior Center to do something fun for the community, and at the same time, the proceeds benefit our seniors,” said Malinda Ruble, executive director of the Maumee Senior Center.
Nancy Sayre, Maumee City Schools’ district communications supervisor, said that teaming up with the Maumee Senior Center adds a patriotic element to this year’s race.
“We are excited about the military appreciation component being added this year to support Maumee military families,” Sayre said.
All participating students as well as military family members will receive a dog tag that reads, “Maumee Supports Our Military Families.” In addition, all race participants, as well as those attending, may enter a free drawing for a chance to win tickets to the Toledo Airshow, which also takes place the weekend of the race.
Military members will be recognized in a special way, Sayre said. Those who participate will be formally recognized at the conclusion of the race, and the Panther Pride Foundation has created a special display that will highlight the 21 Maumee High School graduates who have lost their lives in battle.
“The names of the fallen graduates and the American flag will be located along the race course,” Sayre said.
In addition to displaying fallen service members’ names, the former Union School bell now located inside Kazmaier Stadium will toll 21 times for these local heroes.
Awards will be offered for overall male and female and overall master male and female finishers, in addition to age group awards. The first 200 finishers will receive a free movie pass to the Maumee Indoor Theater.
The 41st annual Maumee Rec 5K race and walk will take place on Saturday, July 13.
Race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The race and walk begin at 9:00 a.m.
Registration cost is $20.00.
For additional information, call the Maumee Senior Center at (419) 893-1994.
To sign up for the race, please visit https://runsignup .com/Race/OH/Maumee/MaumeeRec5K.