By Christine Bryant
The annual Heroes for Heroes 5K will once again test the strength and determination of its participants.
This year’s team challenge, now in its second year, will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive, Reynoldsburg. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hope for the Warriors, a national organization that provides support programs for service members, veterans and military families. These programs focus on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.
Teams, which consist of two to three people, compete in a 5K obstacle challenge that includes two 8-foot walls, a low mud crawl, creek and ditch crossings, a tire flip, an over under, hay bale pyramid crossing, a teammate pull and a large Jenga construction.
Individual medals will be given to first-, second- and third-place teams based on the amount of time taken to complete the race. Teams may opt out of an obstacle, but will not be permitted to finish in the top three.
Food and drink will be available for participants at the finish line. The event also will include a raffle to win gift cards, a power tool set from Home Depot and other prizes.
Same-day registration and packet pick up will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the race. Cost to register is $60 and the race is open to all interested in participating. Organizers of the event will release teams in a staggered start. For more information, go to ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.
The event is sponsored by the city of Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Reynoldsburg Police Department.
For information on Hope for Warriors, go to hopeforthewarriors.org.