|Please join us for the 3rd Annual Windy25 Memorial 5K.
All proceeds from the race (including the $35 entry fee) and from our corporate sponsors go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS continues to be a great resource for the families of the crew of Windy 25, the call-sign of the CH-47 Army helicopter that crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan in 2005, and for surviving loved ones of our military community. We are honored to give 100% of the money raised to this incredible organization. Each year we have doubled our fundraising efforts and the Windy25 Memorial Fund expanded our partnership with TAPS, becoming a three-star donor.
TAPS is a respected, national non-profit which offers 24/7 compassionate care and comfort to families our fallen military heroes left behind, including children's grief camps, survivor seminars, and family counseling opportunities.
In just under 2 years, our annual race, sponsored by the Windy25 Memorial Fund, has raised over $100,000 for TAPS and supported military families.
In 2005, our unit, Big Windy, while deployed to Afghanistan, experienced a horrible accident with one of our helicopters – call-sign Windy25 – which resulted in the death of 5 of our comrades – CW2 Clint Prather, CW2 David Ayala, SSG Chuck Sanders, SPC Pendelton Sykes, and SPC Michael Spivey. 11 others lost their lives in the accident. Their families were suddenly faced with the loss of their loved ones; and, our unit, in its own grief, still continued with our combat mission requirements, soldiering on with the vow and commitment to honor our heroes and remember their sacrifices by giving back to our military community as a tribute to the Windy25 crew. The Windy25 Memorial 5K race was formed to do just that.
This cause is VERY personal to me. As the Commander of the unit, I promised the soldiers and families of our lost comrades, and the soldiers of Big Windy, that I would continue to honor the heroes of Windy25, support their families and loved ones they left behind, and vow to continue to celebrate their lives every year. This race is to remember their ultimate sacrifice – and, to do so, by giving back, on their behalf, to those that need it most and need it so desperately at this moment. I have been amazed at the support from our Windy25 families — they are so pleased and honored to know that their loved one is being memorialized and remembered in this fashion. "Keep their spirit and their legacy alive," one father told me. I will not waiver in my commitment to do just that.
With your help we are certain to meet our $100K fundraising goal for the 2013 race. Thank you for your incredible support and generosity.
Flat, Fast, City Course. The race will Start and Finish at The Cosmopolitan, on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Runners will proceed West onto W. Harmon Ave, cross the Harmon overpass, and wind back on a reverse route to the finish line at The Cosmopolitan.
In keeping with the Military-organized theme, there will be 1 checkpoint along the route (halfway mark) where participants will have water and organizers/first aid present.
Prizes for the ‘most-raised’ per individual and per team. Pledge your support and encourage your friends, family, and fellow runners to donate to this wonderful event and cause.
After-race awards presentation sponsored by The Cosmopolitan. Immediately following the race, join us for some fun and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at ‘The Yard’ of their famed Boulevard Pool, 4th Floor.
Participant T-shirt. T-shirts will be given to the first 500 runners who sign up in advance. A limited number of T-shirts will be available on race day morning at the Registration area.
On behalf of the Windy 25 Memorial Fund, all of the proceeds from the race (including corporate donations/sponsorships) will go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S.) charity.
The race will Start and Finish at The Cosmopolitan, on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Runners will proceed West onto W. Harmon Ave, cross the Harmon overpass, and wind back on a reverse route to the finish line at The Cosmopolitan.
Strip Entrance, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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