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Pack & Boots races to help Veterans Count

Veterans Count
June 20. 2018 10:22PM
Racers are shown participating in a previous year's Pack & Boots race. This year's Pack & Boots 5K and 1-Mile Survival Run event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. (COURTESY)

PORTSMOUTH — Hundreds are expected to run, walk and enjoy the scenic views of Downtown Portsmouth on Wednesday, July 4, at the Sixth Annual Pack & Boots 5K and 1-Mile Survival Run.

The 5K kicks off at Peirce Island and loops around Downtown Portsmouth.

In the 1-Mile Survival Run, participants are asked to run in boots and wear a backpack that contains approximately 10 percent of their body weight.

Both races are open to participants of all ages.

For those with young children, ages 5 and younger, there will be a free Kids’ Fun Run, which is 100 meters.

Family members, friends and co-workers are also encouraged to create teams.

Each year, the race honors one of the five branches of the U.S. military. This year, the U.S. Coast Guard will be honored. The participants’ shirts are Coast Guard blue.

Aside from prizes for overall top finishers in the 5K and great race “swag” for all participants, the races will be followed by a party for the participants.

Those interested can register online at www. Those who choose to do both races can do so at a discounted rate. Registration fees vary, but the first 100 veterans to register get to participate for free. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the Survival Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 9 a.m.

Veterans Count is the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Military & Veterans Services.

For more than 10 years, Veterans Count has provided services and financial assistance to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

Veterans Count continues to ensure that 90 percent of every net dollar raised is spent on services and resources for these individuals.


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