Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bristol Road Race Showcases Vets, and Supports Fisher House

Winter's Soldier's Story
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

If you are looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend and would like it to be meaningful, troop related and good for you how about trying a 5K road race to support the families of military personnel who have been injured.

Co-sponsored by the Newman Creed &Associates law firm, and the American Legion the race will be run on Memorial Boulevard in Bristol, Connecticut, and will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

The race course is flat, covering 5 kilometers (3.5 miles)and is suitable for wheelchairs. It consists of two laps of the course and will start and finish at the north end of Memorial Boulevard near the intersection with Main Street.

The race will be run south along the Boulevard, west on Downs Street, then north on South Street and then west on Main Street. The Boulevard will be closed during the event.

There will be prizes for males, females, age divisions, and walkers are welcome as well.

Registration forms are on line at They can be faxed back to
860-582-0012 or participants can register between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on race day. There is a $35 registration fee which is tax deductible and each runner will receive a free souvenir T-shirt.

The Fisher House Foundation builds and maintains long-term residential facilities near military hospitals nationwide for the families of seriously injured soldiers, and sometimes the soldiers themselves, who need a place to stay during the long rehabilitation process. This is a vital need which is not covered by any other resource and there is no charge to the soldier or his family for this support.

There are more than 32 Fisher Houses nationwide. Since 1990, they have provided services to over 8,500 military families who have stayed over a million days, while supporting their soldier during rehabilitation.

Once built the facility is supported by contributions and openings are granted in reverse order of rank, so that the lower ranking enlisted soldiers, with less disposable income, get first chance at the housing.

To say that this is a worthy event, and deserves our support is not even scratching the surface. For those of you who like to get and jog in the morning, why not drive over to Bristol early Saturday and do your running there? It isn't a long race, and you don't have to be competitive unless you want to, so there really isn't any reason not to participate is there?

Runners should park at the north end of Memorial Boulevard. There is a free parking lot available across from Webster Bank at 150 Main Street, Bristol, approximately 50 yards from the starting line.

Call 860-583-5200 or go to website to download a registration form for the Fisher House Road Race on May 24th.

Memorial Day is not really about picnics and frivolity. It is about remembering those who served so we can live free. What better way to start the weekend and honor our troops?

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