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August 10, 2012


Tomah VA to hold Heroes’ Freedom Run Sept. 15

The Tomah Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center will host a Heroes’ Freedom Run Saturday, Sept. 15 as a welcome home celebration for all veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or New Dawn (OND).

The celebration includes music, informational exhibits, cash-drawings, give-a-ways, refreshments, and a run/walk/roll. The event will be held rain or shine and is free to all attendees. Family members, friends and community members are welcome to attend.

Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A 5K run will be held at 9:15 a.m. A three-person 5K relay will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun walk/roll, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Chip timing is being used in both running events.

First-, second-, and third-place finishers in each age group will receive medals.

All OEF, OIF and OND veterans who register for the event by Aug 17 will receive a free T-shirt. Anyone else can purchase a T-shirt by placing an order no later than Aug. 17 and paying $11.50. Complete online registration or hard copy registration forms to identify the event you will be participating in and/or to order T-shirts. Checks can be made out to the “Veterans Canteen Service” and mailed to Tomah VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 500 E. Veterans St., Tomah, WI 54460.

Pre-registration is preferred by Wednesday, Aug. 22 to allow sufficient time to coordinate the event. Participants can continue to register up until Sept. 13; however, they will not be able to order or receive a free T-shirt.

More information and registration for the run/walk event is available at the website http://www.active.com/5K-race/tomah-wi/heroes-freedom-run-2012.

Questions should be directed to Mary “Cindy” Graham, OEF/OIF/OND Program Outreach Coordinator at 608-372-7783 or mary.graham2@va.gov.

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