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National organization picks Crestwood for first Ky. run

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By Taylor Riley

 

Tim Conway made a career out of his joy of helping people when he became a firefighter early in his life, but recently he wanted to do more to help those around him.

Recently, Conway got involved with the Navy SEAL Foundation, whose main focus is to help military families.

“(The military) does so much to give us the freedoms we enjoy, while our life goes on as normal,” Conway said. “I’ve always felt drawn to helping them.”

Conway is pairing up with the Navy SEAL Foundation to host the inaugural River City Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to families affected by fallen soldiers.

The Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k mission is “to bring men, women and children together to jog in honor of our Navy SEALS—nicknamed Frogmen—and all military heroes who have sacrificed their lives for us while protecting our country,” Steve Watkins, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr., said in a press release for the event.

Watkins will serve as the race’s special guest speaker. He became a Navy Seal in 1988 and served for more than five years with SEAL Team Five. He was a sniper, sniper instructor and taught training cadre in the area of counter-terrorist operations.

The 5K is the first event in Kentucky for Joggin’ for Frogmen, a national organization. The organization partners with the 31Heroes Project, the Navy SEAL Foundation, and the Travis Manion Foundation through their One Team One Fight Partnership.

“It really is a great opportunity to show support for military families, both as a fundraising effort and being physically there for the run,” Tracy Harris Green, a committee member, said.

Proceeds raised by the event will be given to partnered charities to help sustain and grow programs that provide assistance to the military community, as well as families of fallen sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines.

The programs include educational support and scholarships, tragedy assistance, survivor support and empowerment, and challenge grants, according to a press release.

The Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K will take place at South Oldham High School on Oct. 18 starting at 8 a.m.

Registration is open now until the morning of the race and is $35-40 for active-duty military. Kids ages 3 to 10 can participate in Tadpole Trots for $15; kids under three are $10.

Registration includes custom finisher’s medals for all participants, chip timing and bibs, and a race t-shirt.

For more information, go to: http://jogginforfrogmen.com/rivercityky/.

Email us about this story at taylorriley@oldhamera.com.