|‘Joggin for Frogmen’ 5K, kids’ race in May|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Local runners and walkers will have another opportunity for some competition in late May when the Joggin’ for Frogmen event comes to Imperial on Saturday, May 31.
Kelsey Owens is organizing the event here because its beneficiaries have a special place in her heart. She has a close family member in the U.S. Special Forces.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Navy SEAL (Frogmen) Foundation and to One Team One Fight, which supports all branches of the U.S. military.
Locally, the event will include a 5K run/walk and “Tadpole Trot” for youngsters age three to 10, with a start and finish at Imperial’s Campbell Park.
Owens said interest has been good and she has quite a few runners signed up already. Registrations will be taken up until the day of the race, she said.
For adults (age 11 and older), registration is $40, which includes a T-shirt, bib and participation medal.
Individual 5K winners will also be recognized with additional medals, she said.
Youths age three to 10 have a fee of $20, and allows them to run in the “Tadpole Trot” as well as the 5K, if they choose. They’ll also receive a T-shirt, bib and special medallion.
There will be age divisions and other special events for that age group, Owens said.
For those who don’t want to compete but want to support the cause, Owens said Joggin’ for Frogmen also has something for them.
For $45, “virtual” runners can take part. They’ll be mailed a T-shirt, bib and participation medal no matter where they live, so people can take part and support the fundraiser even if living far away, she noted.
“Virtual” runners from California, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania are already registered, she said.
The event is also open to teams, groups of runners who want to support someone they know serving in the military or in honor of a veteran or someone else, she said.
Owens is making plans for a number of other special events including an address from State Sen. Mark Christensen at the opening ceremonies and the Presentation of Colors by Imperial VFW Post 4688.
Other entertainment is also planned, and special awards will go to the most patriotic participant, the competitor from furthest away and “best dressed Tadpole.”
Online registrations only are now open by going to the site: JogginForFrogmen.com/ImperialNE
The first Joggin’ for Frogmen events were held in San Diego in July 2012, a week before the first anniversary of the Extortion 17 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that took the lives of 31 Americans from various branches of the military.
Those initial participants ran in honor the those heroes and all fallen service members, and $58,000 was raised through sponsorships and donations.
Joggin’ for Frogmen was then expanded across the country.