5-K Run to Benefit Veterans with Brain Injuries

November 02, 2006

Nov. 2, 2006 -- Take a five-kilometer run or walk around the University of Virginia on Nov. 4 and help wounded veterans at the same time.

Sponsored by the U.Va. Naval ROTC, the five-kilometer course starts at the steps of Clark Library on McCormick Road on U.Va.’s Central Grounds. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; the run begins at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $15 ($12 for military personnel) before Nov. 3 and $20 ($15 for military personnel) on the morning of the race. Pre-registration forms can be dropped off at Ragged Mountain Running Shop at 3 Elliewood Avenue, or the Naval ROTC office in Maury Hall.

Race proceeds will benefit Virginia NeuroCare, Inc., a civilian partner of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Virginia NeuroCare focuses on community re-entry for military victims of traumatic brain injury. Patients receive assistance for psychological and physical needs including speech, occupational and physical therapy. Patients are given opportunities to volunteer at local hospitals or undergo occupational training in preparation for their return to independent life.  There are currently eight veterans benefiting from Virginia NeuroCare services.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, as well as the top military finishers and the winners of a pull-up competition. All runners will receive a t-shirt noting their participation and their support of veterans. There will also be food, music and a raffle.

For more information call John O’Hagan at (540) 809-6115 or Greg Erickson at (804) 873-3787 or visit www.virginia.edu/nrotc/race.