Wreaths Across America to Host a Statewide 5K Virtual Race in Indiana

INDIANA — August 11, 2020 — Wreaths Across America (WAA) is announcing that its Stem to Stone 5K Road Race to be held in Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 will now be held as a virtual event in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The goal of this race is, and always has been, to build community awareness and understanding of the organization’s yearlong mission to Remember, Honor, Teach,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “However, in light of the current health crisis, we feel these races have taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something healthy and fun, while supporting and giving back in their own community during this uncertain time.”

Dana Vann, a Lafayette Gold Star Mother who is working to lay wreaths locally at Indiana Veteran’s Home Cemetery said, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to mimic the courage and valor of our country’s veterans by forging ahead with this event and offering folks the hope that a day of victory is ahead. I’m also hopeful that families use this as an opportunity to teach others that something as simple as running on a treadmill or your daily work-out run, can be transformed into something with significant meaning like, community spirit and American unity.”

Each individual $35 race registration sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on December 19, 2020, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.  During check out, registrants can designate the Sponsorship Group or participating Wreaths Across America Location they want their sponsored wreath allocated to including the Lafayette Gold Star Mother’s and Indiana Veteran’s Home Cemetery.  Registrants and Virtual participants will receive personalized racing bibs (On which we are encouraging participants to write the name of the person that they are running for) and commemorative finisher medallions, with event t-shirts being provided to the first 200 people to register, via the mail before race day!.  Additionally, Virtual Participants can submit their results through text or email and show up in official results.  There is also an AP in which participants can use in order to feel more connected to the fun called RaceJoy.

Wreaths Across America is the non-profit organization best known for placing veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. However, the organization, in total, places more than 2.2 million sponsored wreaths at over 2200 participating locations nationwide and offers other programs throughout the calendar year. These programs include The Mobile Education Exhibit , Wreaths Across America Radio, and the Wreaths Across America Virtual Concert now streaming on Showcase NOW).

 

You can sponsor a wreath for $15 at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/Each sponsorship goes toward a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest on Saturday, December 19, 2020, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

 

To find a cemetery near you to support click here.

This is the seventh race in a series of eight, in partnership with event management and timing company CompetitorME, which was announced earlier this year. These series of races were planned to feature eight 5K road races all over the country throughout the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these races have been transformed into many different forms to meet the needs of the individual areas in which they were held. Our last race in Maine was run as a live, in-person, event. However, our last two races has been made VIRTUAL events in accordance with state recommendations for social distancing.

Registration for virtual participation will be open through race day. To register, please visit www.competitorme.com/wreaths-across-america or click here.

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About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information or to sponsor a wreath please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

About CompetitorME

CompetitorME is a proud, Maine-owned event management and timing company with clients in New England. We are about inspiring athletes and connecting communities. It is our pleasure to work with clients to direct safe, fun, and fair events for all ages, with a focus on creating a memorable participant experience. Our portfolio of events has expanded to include those honoring and remembering our Nation’s Active Duty Service members, Veterans, or Nation’s Fallen Heroes and their Gold Star Families. The CompetitorME team also serves on a committee for the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial to be built in Augusta, Maine.

For more race information please visit www.competitorme.com

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