Saturday, November 23, 2013
As they have done in years past, the Knights of Columbus Rev P.N. Lynch Council No. 704 will host a satellite race for our troops stationed overseas in Afghanistan. For the 36th annual Turkey Day Run, the Knights are partnering with Gunnery Sergeant Brian R. Newsom, race coordinator for the Marine Corps Marathon, to organize the race for military personnel stationed in Afghanistan.
Turkey Day Run committee member, Rob Wills has been organizing these satellite races overseas for years. His connection to the military as the operations manager at Ports America in North Charleston originally led him to begin planning these races, but his passion in supporting our troops has led him to make it an annual tradition. “Thanksgiving can be a tough time for soldiers who are away from their loved ones so we’re happy to deliver a small taste of home to them,” Wills said.
Earlier in October, Wills and the Turkey Day Run sent 100 complimentary race registrations – including bibs, T-shirts and signage for both the start and finish lines to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The race, which will be held on Thanksgiving morning at their town hall, is aimed at building morale and camaraderie while the soldiers are away from their families and friends back home.
The Turkey Day Run asks nothing in return from the soldiers with the exception of a report on the race experience and some pictures to share, but Newsom has elected to send collected funds from the race to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of his unit. Gunnery Sergeant Brian R. Newsom also has the opportunity to send a list of the registrants back to the Turkey Day Run where they can be added to the final results and included on the Turkey Day Run website.
Wills and the Turkey Day Run Committee hope that the satellite race will also remind those of us at home, to be thankful for the troops overseas and their service abroad as we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals this year.