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JROTC hosting 5K

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program, the McCreary Central High School JROTC will be hosting a 5K Fun Run on April 23.

Joining ROTC programs from around the globe, the Fun Run will not only celebrate the anniversary of the program, it will also be an attempt to set a world record for the largest group of participants running/walking simultaneously.

Starting at 11 a.m. local time, JROTC cadets and other runners from across the globe will embark on a 5-kilometer run to honor the program and hopefully get entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The local JRTOC is using the event to raise funds to help organize this year’s Military Ball and to support the Raider Team in upcoming competitions.

(The MCHS JROTC will also be holding a car wash on April 2 as well).

The route, which is still being finalized, will start at the high school track, and take runners around one lap before heading out into Historic Downtown Stearns before returning to the high school.

Sgt. Garry Galloway and First Sergeant Allan Simmons are expecting more than 100 cadets take part in the run, and encourage others to participate as well. They will be asking the local VFW and American Legion organizations to come out and hope any McCreary County veterans will also support the cause.

The cadets have invited Colonel Owens, the founder of the MCHS JROTC program to come and be a keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies.

Registration for the run will cost $24, but Sgt. Galloway stated anyone can run without registering, but they will not be counted toward the record.

Registration for the event is open now, and you can visit to search for JROTC for location and details. Or you can speak to a MCHS JROTC cadet for information.

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