3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run Nov. 12, 2016
The residents of the Ivins Veterans Home to host Santa Clara/Ivins World Wide Warriors in a day of inspirational community engagement. “One of our initiatives this year is to encourage our young people to connect with veterans who have served our country. Having our youth participate will deepen their respect and help develop a reverence for what their service has meant to our country. We are excited to participate in the race this year and to provide an opportunity to educate youth as to mutually beneficial service opportunities.”- Greg Bozarth, World Wide Warrior, Adult Advisor
Ivins, UT – The Southern Utah Veterans Home (SUVH) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at their Ivins location. The event features a 5K race and a 1 mile walk, run & roll for Veterans, individuals with disabilities or community members that would like to show their support for veterans by walking along with them in celebration of Veterans Day. Proceeds from the race and from community sponsors will benefit the Shop With A Veteran program in partnership with the World Wide Warriors (WWW) – a youth service learning organization located in Washington County.
“We love partnering with the community in any way we can. The Veterans Day Race is a great way to help the community join with us in celebrating Veterans Day and in recognizing the service of these great men and women.” explained Jerry Olson, Administrator. SUVH has been working with the WWW in their efforts to connect their youth with Veterans. Said Vie Van Noy, Director of Community Relations, “Some of our Veterans spoke at a WWW leadership training meeting about WWII and Vietnam. It was truly a wonderful opportunity to bring our youth and veterans together. The connections they’ve made can only grow as we partner on additional projects in the future. It is wonderful to have the World Wide Warriors participating with us in our Race this year as volunteers and participants. It’s a great way to celebrate Veterans Day by having kids walk a mile with the Veterans.”
In fact, the youth have embraced the opportunity. In preparation for the race a WWW Art Competition was held and Warrior, Lee Kelley (9th grader at Snow Canyon Middle School), won 1st prize in designing this year’s race shirt. The t-shirt sponsorship money from the race will go to further support the WWW in connecting with Veterans by collaborating on a Shop with a Veteran service project this December to help needy families in the area.
The Shop With A Veteran program is a new collaboration this year for WWW and SUVH. The service learning based program will bring together local youth and veterans celebrating the holiday season with a little Christmas cheer as they purchase presents for local children in need. Proceeds from the race will provide funds to ensure a successful Shop With A Veteran program for residents, Warriors and those in need within our community. Wayne Millington, Resident Council Vice President shared his thoughts saying, “I think it’s a great idea and this is a great way to let people know that the Veterans are interested in our community.”
The race day festivities will kick off with the Pineview AFJROTC Color Guard posting the colors at 9:30 am followed by the National Anthem led by Red Mountain Elementary Choir. There will be a special announcement dedication after their performance to honor an individual who has greatly impacted and contributed to the Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run program. Immediately after the dedication, the 1 mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll led by SUVH veterans pushed by the AFJROTC Cadets will commence prior to the 5K race at 10:00am.
Throughout the event visitors, race participants and community members can enjoy the Desert Cruzin’ Car Show, booths, games, music, face painting, take photos with an Army Tank, enjoy hand and chair massages, free popcorn and root beer floats.
Registration for the event is available online at www.active.com or at the Veterans Home now, but says Van Noy, “Spectating is free! We’d love to see the community come out to enjoy the event and support our local veterans. The opportunity to walk a mile with veterans who’ve served our country and fought for our freedoms is priceless.”
Please join the Southern Utah Veterans Home for this community event and an opportunity to tour the campus post-event.
3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run Event Details:
Race Location: Race will start and end at Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 North 200 East, Ivins, UT 84738
*Race Packet and T-Shirt Pickup: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Southern Utah Veterans Home or Saturday, Nov. 12th from 8:00 – 9:15 am.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016; 9:30am – 12:00pm
8:00 – 9:15am Check-In
8:30am Car Show and Family Fun Begins
9:30 – 9:40am Welcome; Posting of the Colors by Pineview AFJROTC; National Anthem Performed by Red Mountain Elementary School Choir
9:40am Special Dedication
9:45am Start of 1 Mile Walk, Run or Roll, led by the SUVH Veterans pushed by Pineview AFJROTC Cadets
10:00am Start of 5K Race
10:30am Root Beer Floats Available
11:15am Presentation of Awards; Prize Drawings Announced
“Early Bird” Registration in person at the Southern Utah Veterans Home front desk (thru Nov. 1, 2016) $25 for 5K, $15 for 1 mile (includes shirt while supplies last)
Online Registration $35 for 5K, $15 for 1 mile (includes shirt while supplies last)
Family Registration $75 (5 person limit – 5K); $50 (5 person limit – 1 mile)
For Registration & Online Payment: Register on Active.com – Select the “5K” tab or enter “Ivins, UT” in the search bar and select the “3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K & Fun Run”
*Roll Participants using wheelchair or motorized wheelchairs must be accompanied by a walking participant.
For questions regarding registration or for additional event information please contact: Vie Van Noy, SUVH Community Relations Director at: Office 435-634-5220 or Cell 435-619-9663.
The Southern Utah Veterans Home is able to share this event with the Southern Utah community because, and in appreciation of the gracious support from the following sponsors: Brad Harr & Associates, American Legion Post 90, Rocky Vista University – Southern Campus, The Schofield Group Investment Management, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cross Fit St. George, LLC, Movara Fitness Resort, City of Ivins, Red Mountain Market, St. George Massage, Avalon Healthcare Inc., S & S Homes, Washington County Board of Realtors, Veterans Home Resident Council, Guild Mortgage Company, Painted Hills Realty, LLC.
About Southern Utah Veterans Home
Our business puts people first and was founded on the principles that recognize the worth of every individual. Our success depends upon our ability to create and maintain a nurturing environment where individuality is promoted and dignity is preserved.
We provide patients the most affordable, high-quality services for all recognized Utah veterans, spouses and surviving spouses who require short term rehab or long term nursing home care as defined by the VA or Medicare and as certified by a physician.
Our admissions are overseen by a team process available 7 days a week that includes the Administrator, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Admission’s Coordinator and other staff members needed to support a successful transition into the Southern Utah Veterans Home.
About the Santa Clara/Ivins World Wide Warriors (WWW)
World Wide Warriors (WWW) is the name of a youth service learning organization located in Washington County. The intended outcomes for this organization are to unify citizens in Washington County to learn about local and global humanitarian needs and to form a unified plan in addressing the need. This year the WWW team is combining efforts with the Veteran’s Home in Ivins to educate our youth on the current reality of the military in our country and how we can serve and assist the men and women who are or have served our country.
“We embrace a reverence for life and a heart for healing.”