PEORIA, Ariz. (Oct.
28, 2010) – Peoria will stage its third annual Veterans Day Celebration and
5K run Saturday, Nov. 13, at Rio Vista Community Park.
Highlights include the
5K and accompanying one-mile Family Fitness Walk, a free pancake breakfast and a
roundtable discussion with Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett and other veterans
discussing their military experiences.
The day begins with
registration and check-in for the 5K from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. The run will get
under way at 7:30 a.m., with the noncompetitive Family Fitness Walk starting
five minutes later. The fitness events will begin and end near the group picnic
area. The course will be along the New River bike path and past the Peoria
The free pancake
breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The mayor’s event will
start at 8:15, with an introduction from Barrett followed by the veterans
roundtable, which will take place during the pancake breakfast. Featured
speakers from World War II include a Tuskegee airman and a Pearl Harbor
Following a 9 a.m. flag
raising by students in the Peoria High School JROTC program, an a cappella group
from Sunrise Mountain High School will perform patriotic songs and re-enactors
will demonstrate life for soldiers in the Civil War. In addition, members of the
public can try to scale a rock-climbing wall provided by the Arizona National
For more information,
contact the Community Services Department at 623-773-7137. To register for the
Rio Vista Community
Park is located at 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, just west of Loop 101.
Peoria Veterans Day Event Schedule
6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. –
Race day registration, check-in, and packet pick-up.
7:30 a.m. – Peoria
Veterans Day 5K Run (3.1 miles).
7:35 a.m. –
Noncompetitive Family Fitness Walk (1 mile).
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. –
Free Pancake Breakfast/5K Awards ceremony, mayor’s welcome and Veterans
9 a.m. –- Peoria High
School JROTC program performs flag raising ceremony, Sunrise Mountain High
school a cappella group performs patriotic songs, Civil War re-enactors
provide demonstrations of Civil War life and the National Guard presents a
rock climbing wall for individuals to scale.