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Registration for 2015 STOP-DWI Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler Now Open


Race held November 8, 2015 at Otsiningo Park

 

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced details of the third annual STOP-DWI Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler to be held at 10:00am on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at Otsiningo Park.

The race is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program and is in support of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group held to heighten awareness about service member’s transition from the dangers of warzone driving to the new risks Veterans face on our public highways here at home,

“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.

Runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate, regardless of skill level or military status. In addition to the 10-mile race, the event will include:

  • 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 conclusion of the 10-miler;
  • 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 8th.”

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.

For more information, or to sign up, visit www.bcstopdwi.com or by following the event at facebook.com/ReturningWarrior10Miler.

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09/03/2015 - 2:40pm