Plans for the second annual Watertown Warrior 5K Walk/Run are set and aim to provide enjoyment for the entire family with its new additions.
Saturday’s event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, a post-9-11 veterans service organization that seeks to spread awareness and offer beneficial programs and opportunities for injured service members.
“They operate to make the lives of veterans better,” said Melissa Vaught, event organizer. “They really do a great job.”
Vaught organized the event through the Wounded Warrior Project after brainstorming with her veteran sons about a way to give back to local and national veterans, as well as raise awareness about the organization.
Wilson County had more than 9,000 veterans in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
More than 250 people participated in the event last year, helping to raise around $7,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The event continues to gain popularity and currently has close to 600 likes on Facebook.
A one-mile fun run was added to the event this year and is open to children 15 and under. Registration for the children will be $15 before event day and $18 Saturday.
The main course will begin Watertown’s downtown area and run through some of its lesser-traveled scenic areas before ending back at the square. Registration for the adult course is $30 before the day of the run and $40 Saturday.
Vaught said promotional tents are also new to the event this year. The tents are available for rent at $200 and are open for all appropriate promotional guests. Some candidates for the upcoming election bought tents for their campaign.
Medals will be given out to winners in each of the runner categories, which begin at pre-teens to seniors for men, women, girls and boys. Shirt pickups will be available Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Watertown square. The race begins Saturday at 7 a.m.
For more information on the Watertown Warrior 5K Walk/Run contact Vaught at 615-772-7420, or visit watertownwoundedwarriors.com. More information about the Wounded Warrior Project is available at the website.