The University of Wisconsin-Superior hosts its fifth annual Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by UWS's Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center and Douglas County Veteran Services Office.

"It's been great to see this event grow," said Monte Stewart, the VNSC student services coordinator. "I think we've made some improvements that really enhance the experience for participants."

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Prizes and awards will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers and the top three males and females in several different age categories. There will be a raffle drawing with prizes from local and regional businesses and sports teams. Individuals that bring three nonperishable food items for donation will receive an extra entry into the prize drawing.

"The course takes you through the campus and heart of UW-Superior," said Stewart. "We have music playing prior to the race and during the race. I love the fact that we conduct a formal national anthem before the race, too. We also take a moment of silence to recognize the heroes in our lives who may not be here today. It's a powerful event."

Children age 12 and younger will be able to participate in a free quarter-mile race at 8:45 a.m.

Registration, as well as the start and finish line, are at the Marcovich Wellness Center, 1810 Catlin Ave.

Registration is $35 per person. The registration fee for UW-Superior students, military veterans and pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students is $20 per person. Registration includes a T-shirt and gift bag while supplies last. Registration is available at and 7-8:30 a.m. the day of the race.

All proceeds from the run/walk benefit the Douglas County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund and the UWS VNSC. Since its inception, the Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk has raised more than $5,000.