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Patriot Half Marathon, 5K set for March 21
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This L-3 Grasshopper Aeronca owned by Jim Tate is scheduled to make a flyover before the Patriot Half Marathon and 5K on March 21.

Get stretched out and ready to run. The second Patriot Half Marathon and 5K is set for Saturday, March 21.

The race was launched last year as a way to raise money for local veterans in need of a helping hand.

“People will come to our post and ask for help with a car expense or a medical bill,” said VFW representative Mike Menth. “This race supports our emergency fund and we’ll distribute those funds as they’re needed.”

The 13.1-mile half marathon will start at Wild Bill’s BBQ, formerly the VFW, at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $45. Professional timing will be provided by A Matter of Timing and all finishers will receive a medal.

The 5K race will start at the old U.S. Equipment facility at 3756 Sparta Highway. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Both races will finish at the old VFW. All entrants will receive a race shirt.

Mickey Ralph won the inaugural half marathon.

Long-distance runner Rhonda Galligan is assisting with race organization. She has arranged for a L-3 Grasshopper Aeronca owned by Jim Tate to conduct a flyover before the half marathon. This airplane was described as the most feared airplane of World War II because the enemy could expect heavy fire from this airplane.

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