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Town, Veterans’ Services sponsoring warrior 5K

Date: 8/1/2013

By Chris Maza

LONGMEADOW – The town of Longmeadow, in conjunction with the Longmeadow Veterans’ Services Office, is sponsoring a charity run/walk to support wounded veterans.

The Warrior 5K Run/Walk will take place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Greenwood Park on Maple Road with a goal of raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project which offers support to wounded service members..

“The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001,” Veterans’ Services Officer Anthony Lawrence said. “The Wounded Warrior Project takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, the project hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”

Lawrence explained that 100 percent of the proceeds from registrations would go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“It is our belief that with [Longmeadow residents’] contribution, our efforts to support the Wounded Warrior Project and raise awareness will be successful,” he said.

Those interested in participating may register through the day of the race, Lawrence said. Adult runners and walkers for the 3.1-mile course will be asked to pay $25, while children can participate for a fee of $15.

After the race, participants are welcome to enjoy a barbeque lunch, including a pig roast. Music as well as raffles and vendors will also be on site.

To register online, visit Those who cannot register via the Internet should contact Lawrence at 565-4150.