DANVILLE — More than 100 people are expected to step out Saturday in support of veterans at the third annual Veterans Day 5K.
Last year, about 160 people participated, organizer Lisa Knapp said, and she expects to see that many this year. Online registration is closed, but people may register on the day of the event for $20. Or, there's a special registration event from 6-8:30 tonight at the Legion, with a $10 fee.
The 5K will start at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 210 on Jackson Street. When participants return around 11 or 11:30, they can enjoy chili and dessert at the post. The public also may eat for a donation.
A new feature this year is that artist John Jansky will create a painting, with a veteran theme, at noon. The painting will be auctioned.
Proceeds will go to Post 210 to support veterans’ programs. The event has raised a total of $10,000 in two years.
Knapp said of the event, “It’s a way for our community to come together and show support for our veterans.” Some of the participants carry flags as they run or walk, and some veterans wear their uniforms.
“We acknowledge any veteran who comes,” Knapp said. “I’d like more veterans to come and do the event.”
Knapp’s husband is a member of the Sons of the Legion, and her grandson is in the Marines.
For the third year, Jackie Kirk of Danville will walk with a group of friends.
“We have such a good time walking the route and talking,” she said. “It’s such a great event for the community and veterans.”
Her father served in World War II and her son is retired from the Navy.
“I love the veterans and I love the Legion,” said Kirk, 70, who attends special events there. “It’s such a friendly place and I got to know the older veterans.”
In addition to walking, Kirk is contributing by making chili for the crowd.
Before the walkers and runners set out on Jackson, they will have hot chocolate and donuts provided by North Logan Health Care. The Danville Barbershop Chorus will sing the National Anthem and the Legion Honor Guard will give a gun salute.
When the runners and walkers return, prizes and awards will be given out.
Raffle tickets will be sold for gifts worth a total of more than $1,600. Knapp has put together eight baskets worth $150-200 each. More than $2,000 was donated by local businesses that sponsor the race.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You must be present to win.
Also, T-shirts created by Family Thread Apparel of Tilton will be on sale for $14. Five dollars of each sale goes to the Legion.
Participants will receive a dog tag, a medal, tickets for door prizes and a meal.
The public is invited to watch Jansky work at no charge, and people may take part in the meal for a donation and/or buy raffle tickets.
The event, which is open to all ages and abilities, will wrap up around 2 p.m.
Knapp said several local businesses have made the fundraiser possible, especially the Kennekuk Roadrunners as main sponsor.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without them,” she added.
Kirk said, “Lisa gets so much support from local businesses. She is amazing.”