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The 2021 UofSC Veterans Day 5k (Allen Wallace photo)

The University of South Carolina Department of Veterans and Military Affairs will host the 5th annual UofSC Veterans Day 5K on Sunday, Nov. 13. Over the last four years, the event has raised more than $52,000 to support the local Veteran and military population and has attracted 1,200 participants.

"The growth of this event over the last few years has been incredible. We're so thankful for the outpouring of support from the community, as we come together to honor veterans and warfighters in a fun, family friendly environment” said Jared Evans, executive director of Veterans and Military Affairs at UofSC and founding UofSC Veterans Day 5k committee member.

The race will start at 2 p.m. from Lincoln and Greene streets (in front of Colonial Life Arena and 1801 Grille) and the route will take participants through downtown Columbia and the UofSC campus. Food, beverages, live music, and entertainment will begin at noon and will conclude with an official afterparty following the race featuring The Stormin' Norman Band. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Red Barn Retreat, a local veteran's organization whose mission is to offer integrated practices and programs that allow warriors to thrive. The practices are alternatives to traditional treatments and are available to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders at little to no cost to them.

“We are honored and humbled that the UofSC Department of Veterans and Military Affairs has selected the Big Red Barn Retreat as this year's charity for the annual 5K" said Sutton Shaw, executive director of the Big Red Barn Retreat. “As a sponsor of the event years past, we've always loved the energy, passion, and fun of this 5K every year, and to know that monies raised this year will support our programs for veterans, makes it that much more special.”

Participants are invited to run, ruck, or walk with friends, family, and dogs. Registration is $25 for adults (13 and up), $15 for Veterans/military and UofSC students (with valid student ID), $10 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 years of age. To register and view the race route, please visit https://uscveteransday5k.org/. To learn more about the Big Red Barn Retreat and how it supports veterans and service members, please visit thebigredbarnretreat.org. For questions regarding the UofSC Veterans Day 5K or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Grace Salter at salterg@email.sc.edu.

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