Veterans Day runners with the best times

The Troy Running Club hosted the fourth-annual Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk and Ruck March on Nov. 8 in Troy. The top-three runners for the men’s and women’s classes were honored after the race. From left to right, Kevin Yuam, Tim Emmett, Anthony Obermiller, Troy Running Club Leader David Norman (with flag), Amy Oxley, Anna Thompson and Kacie McAllister with her son.

Runners from throughout Lincoln County and the surrounding areas ran through Troy in honor of veterans.

The Troy Running Club held the Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk and Ruck March race and fundraiser on Nov. 8 on a route that ran through Weinand Park and Fairgrounds Park. Club leader David Norman had a simple reason for holding the fundraiser.

“It’s about bring awareness for veterans as we get close to Veterans’ Day,” said Norman, who served in the United States Army for nine years between 1986 and 2005.

The fourth-annual race had 115 people registered, a number Norman thought wouldn’t be reached due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“I didn’t know how it was going to go with COVID-19 still going on,” said Norman, who also serves Troy as Ward 2 alderman. “We only had 51 people registered as of two weeks ago.”

Kevin Yuam and Amy Oxley placed first overall among men and women, posting times of 19:39.82 and 24:21.53, respectively. Tim Emmett placed second in the men’s class with a time of 20:45.19, and Anthony Obermiller had a time of 21:23.65.

Anna Thompson followed Oxley closely with a time of 24:51.53, and Kacie McAllister completed the run at 27:59.76.

The Weinand Park section of the run contained artwork drawn in chalk along the paths to honor veterans, and bring awareness to issues surrounding those who served, such as homelessness, mental health issues and suicide rates among veterans. 

Chelsea Wire and her daughter have drawn the images along the path every year the Veterans 5K Run has been in existence, Wire is also a member of the Troy Running Club.

After the 5K ended, veterans groups participated in a rucksack march along the same path. 

As a result of the event, the Troy Running Club raised $1,240 after expenses. Seven hundred and fifty of those dollars were divided and donated to the Troy Bread for Life Food Pantry, the “Buddy Bags” program and the Lincoln County Council on Aging.