Broome County STOP-DWI To Host Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler At Otsiningo Park

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced details of the second annual STOP-DWI Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler to be held Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at Otsiningo Park. Held to heighten awareness about service member’s transition from the dangers of warzone driving to the new risks they face on our public highways here at home, the race is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program and is in support of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

The first running of the Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler raised $3,000 for the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group. 354 runners participated in the race at Otsiningo Park last November. The event is made possible with funding dedicated by County Executive Debbie Preston from the Veteran Administration Department, and event sponsors including the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Broome County Traffic Safety Program, Binghamton Vet Center, Lockheed Martin, Townsquare Media, and Laing Industries.
“Our military men and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms and it’s important that we provide them with the resources and support they need upon returning to civilian life,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “The Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler will bring runners of all skill levels together at Otsiningo Park for a fun day of recreation to support our veterans.”
Motor vehicles crashes have quickly become the leading cause of death among veterans in the early years after returning from deployment according to the Veterans Administration. The Returning Warrior Study released in 2012 by USAA indicates a 13 percent increase in at-fault accidents for troops within the first six months of returning from deployments. This number increases as the number of deployments increase and the age of the veteran decreases.
“There are vast differences between how service members drive while in combat and safe driving practices on our highways. Our goal in organizing this event is to bridge this divide and help save lives and prevent injury on our roadways,” said STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion.
Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of ability or military status. In addition to the 10-mile race, the event will feature:
  • A 5-mile race for those who don’t feel up to the 10-mile, but still want to show their support;
  • A free children’s race that will be held after the two main races;
  • Online and paper registrations available at www.bcstopdwi.com by clicking on the Returning Warrior logo and then the registration link;
  • Individual or team registration with 5 or more runners;
  • Registration prices starting at $35 for non-Veterans which includes an event Sport-Tek long sleeved t-shirts. Veteran registration starts at $20. Teams can register for $25 per runner.
“The effort to raise awareness about the challenges that many returning warriors face, and the help that is available, is wonderful,” said Dr. Allison Miller of the Binghamton Vet Center. “We hope this event helps raise awareness and improve the lives of returning warriors and their families.”
“The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group is excited to be part of the Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Al Eaton. “This will be a great event for our community and will support STVSG’s objective of helping to educate our local community on issues facing our Veterans; specifically, raising awareness on safe driving concerns with our returning Warriors. Please support this even; we hope to see you on November 9th.”
For more information, or to sign up, visit www.bcstopdwi.com or by following the event at facebook.com/ReturningWarrior10Miler.
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09/25/2014 - 1:35pm