Memorial Day Weekend

Peachtree City Running Club plans for All American 5K

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Special guest of honor at the All American 5K race in Peachtree City will be U.S. Army Captain (Retired) Dan Berschinski, left, shown at last year’s awards ceremony. He was wounded by an IED while on patrol with his unit in the Argandab Valley in Afghanistan in August 2009, and lost both legs.

U.S. Army Captain (Retired) Dan Berschinski has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming fourth annual All American 5K in Peachtree City on Memorial Day weekend.

The All American 5K run/ walk/and phantom race is co-sponsored by Peachtree City Running Club and American Legion Peachtree City Post 50.

American Legion Post 50 Vice Commander Colonel (Retired) Martin Rowe is serving as race director. Proceeds will be donated to the American Legion.

“The money we raised last year provided a myriad of financial assistance to vets that were in need. We also provided a bunch of clothing, new socks, and comfort items to the VA hospital,” Rowe said. He added that high-tech performance shirts will be available this year to the first 500 entrants. Overall and age group awards will be presented.

Berschinski was the cause célèbre for the first annual All American 5K in 2010. Captain Berschinski was wounded by an IED while on patrol with his unit in the Argandab Valley in Afghanistan in August 2009. He lost both legs and suffered injuries to his left arm as well as multiple other wounds. He spent months in recovery, endured numerous surgeries, and has undergone extensive rehabilitation ever since.

Berschinski will say a few words before the race, serve as the official race starter, and then speak again at the awards ceremony afterwards, said Bob Dalton of the race committee. “Anyone who attended the first event in 2010 and saw or heard Dan there or at his official welcome home ceremony later that day knows what in inspiration he is. It promises to be an event you don’t want to miss,” he said.

“In order to continue supporting our community and our veterans, the event is seeking runners, joggers, and walkers for the All American 5K,” Dalton said. “All proceeds will be used to support veterans and community activities.”

To obtain an application for the All American 5K, log on to the Peachtree City Running Club website at www.ptcrc.com . You can also register on www.active.com .

Anyone needing more information may contact Race Director Martin Rowe at 404-859-8039 or email him at rowemp6@hotmail.com .


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