Time to show your pride in America after the 4th of July by attending at a fun-run to help the United Service Organizations (USO) and to honor service people killed in action. The Fallen Heroes 5K: A Yakima Run to Remember will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Robert Lince Elementary school in Selah. Check-in is 8:00 a.m.; the run starts at 9:00 a.m.
The fifth annual run is organized by the family of Selah native, Army Captain Aaron Blanchard, who was killed in action April 23, in 2013, in Logar province, in Afghanistan.
"The community has been so supportive and generous, it’s truly inspiring to see," said Laura Schactler, Aaron's mother, who said the annual event has raised nearly $30,000 for the USO since 2014. "We’re pleased to be able to support the USO and our men and women in uniform.”
A news release about the event says the organizer and brother of Aaron, Karl Blanchard, said the run is a celebration of freedom and remembrance of the people who have sacrificed their lives for it. The USO will be on hand to host a barbeque open to runners and their friends and family. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 and ticket holders are eligible to win more than once. Runners will be treated to fresh fruit and energy bars, as well as ice cold water, courtesy of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Yakima. The National Guard will join in the fun with a big water truck.