Mayor's challenge is back for Salute 5K/10K race

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, a retired U.S. Army veteran and avid runner, has issued a special challenge to everyone running in the Salute, Inc., Memorial Weekend 5K.

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, a retired U.S. Army veteran and avid runner, has issued a special challenge to everyone running in the Salute, Inc., Memorial Weekend 5K. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell

 
Submitted by Jim Mitchell
Updated 5/14/2019 10:22 AM

Salute, Inc., a Palatine-based nonprofit that raises funds to help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured military service members, veterans and their families, is preparing for its annual 5K/10K Memorial Weekend race, and the organization is excited to announce that the Mayor's Challenge is back.

Arlington Heights mayor, retired U.S. Army veteran and avid runner Tom Hayes has issued a special challenge to runners -- for every person who beats his time in the 5K, he'll donate $5 to Salute, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I love the good work Salute does, and it's important to remember the reason we run -- to help servicemen and women who are facing challenges getting back on their feet," said Hayes.

Picket Fence Realty owners Sue and Paul Duchek will once again join the challenge, committing to match the mayor's donation, up to $500. They have also encouraged other local business owners to match the mayor's donation to Salute, Inc.

"Both my and Paul's fathers served in the military," said Sue Duchek. "We think it's wonderful that Salute is involving the community in their mission to support military families during times of need. We hope to see other businesses get involved too."

"We're so grateful to have the support of our community," said Salute, Inc., co-founder and Executive Director Mary Beth Beiersdorf. "And now that this challenge has been issued, we hope to see more runners than ever before. The more people that run, the more money we can raise to help those who have sacrificed so much."

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All races will kick off 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St., in Arlington Heights. Online registration is open now through May 22, and entry fees are currently at their lowest rate. This year, packet pickup will be at Picket Fence Realty, 113 S. Arlington Heights Road.

To learn more or register, visit www.saluteinc.org/events/salute-inc-5k-10k.

For information on the mission of Salute, Inc., visit http://www.saluteinc.org.

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