Alliance Prepares for 9th Annual Red, White and Blue 5K

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The Red, White and Blue 5K drew around 250 runners last year. (Photo courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance)
The Red, White and Blue 5K drew around 250 runners last year. (Photo courtesy of Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance)

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance is sponsoring the ninth annual Armed Forces Red, White and Blue 5K that will take place 8:30 a.m. May 16.

Proceeds from the race, which will be held at the Yorktown U.S. Naval Weapons Station, will go to the Alliance Armed Forces Committee’s scholarship programs and veteran support activities.

Some of those programs include scholarships to active duty personnel and recognition for the Military Citizen of the Year for each branch of the military.

The 5K run and walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and will start near the picnic area off Trailer Road.

Participants will get a quick glance at the York River briefly before cutting back inland and traveling down Sanda Avenue. After turning up 2nd street, race goers will make their way down Antrim Road to the finish line.

On race day, registration will last from 7 to 8 a.m. and will be held before the one mile fun run, which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

After the race, an awards ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. that will include food and beverages for all participants.

Last year’s race drew around 250 runners, a number Alliance Communications Specialist Patrick Quinn said is expected to remain roughly the same this year.

“I think what makes this race unique is it is great support for the military,” Quinn said. “[Participants] get to get out and hear the military personnel talk and see which military branch has the fastest runners. It’s fun for [the military runners] to get out and have a little competition with each other.”

The race is open to the public and costs $20 for civilians prior to April 30 and $25 after April 30. Active duty and reserve military participants can register for $5 prior to April 30 and $10 after April 30.

For more information about the race, click here.