Newnan High School’s history department has strong ties with the veterans community, and the third annual Student-Vet Connect 5K, set for May 20, will raise money to assist with veterans’ needs.
Frank Henderson, race director and a member of the NHS history department, said 100 percent of the money raised beyond event costs helps local vets in need.
“We have in the last two years donated $15,000 that has paid bills, helped purchase service animals and truly made a difference in the lives of local veterans,” Henderson said. “It is unique in that we are the only school that we know of that personally sponsors and holds this type of event for veterans, and it is just another way in which the Newnan High School history department teaches our students to give back and to serve others.”
Entry fee is $20 for Newnan High students and $25 for non-NHS students. There is no charge for the fun run. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers under age 12 in the fun run and to the top three male and top three female finishers in the 5K in each age group.
Registration and packet pickup will at the Newnan High School Armory on Friday, May 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. and on race day from 7-7:45 a.m. Races will begin at 8 a.m.
The 5K course will begin and end at the armory, winding through historic downtown Newnan and beside Veterans Memorial Park.
“The route itself makes us unique in that it begins at the high school and allows the runners to run through the beautiful houses all along LaGrange and then into town and along College Street,” Henderson said. “Most of all it allows them to run past the Veterans Memorial Park and I believe this gives it a sense of meaning.”
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“In the end, the event is just one way we here at NHS feel we can give a little back to those that gave so much in the service of all of us,” Henderson said.