Broome County To Host Returning Warrior 10 Miler At Otsiningo Park

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced details of the first annual Returning Warrior 10 Miler to be held Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at Otsiningo Park, to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

“Our military men and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms, it’s important that we provide them with the resources and support they need upon returning to civilian life,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “The Returning Warrior 10 Miler will bring runners of all skill levels together at Otsiningo Park for a fun day of recreation to support our veterans.”
The Returning Warrior 10 Miler is a race event dedicated to heighten awareness about service member’s transition from the dangers of warzone driving to the new risks they face on our public highways, here at home.
“Broome County STOP-DWI is a leader in traffic safety with a long history of public awareness events,” said STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion. “There are vast differences between how service members drive while in combat and safe driving practices on our highways; it’s our mission to bridge this divide and help save lives and prevent injury on our roadways.”
The Returning Warrior study released in 2012 shows a 13% increase in at-fault accidents for troops within the first six months of returning from deployment.
In addition to the 10 Mile Race, the Event will feature:
  • A 5 mile race for those who don’t feel up to the 10-mile, but still want to support; and
  • A free children’s race that will be held after the two main races.
Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of ability or military status.
 “The effort to raise awareness about the challenges that many returning warriors face, and the help that is available, is wonderful,” said Dr. Allison Miller of the Binghamton Vet Center. “We hope this event helps raise awareness and improve the lives of returning warriors and their families.”
“The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group is excited to be part of the Returning Warrior 10 Miler,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Al Eaton. “This will be a great event for our community and will support STVSG’s objective of helping to educate our local community on issues facing our Veterans; specifically, raising awareness on safe driving concerns with our returning Warriors. Please support this even; we hope to see you on November 9th.”
Preston allocated $5,000 from the Veterans Services Department to fund the Event.
For more information, or to sign up, visit www.bcstopdwi.com.
07/17/2013 - 1:29pm