On September 9, 2017, the City of Hillview, Kentucky partnered with Active Heroes to host an Emergency & Military Obstacle Challenge (EMOC) event. This event featured a 5k run, a timed/scored obstacle and training course, an untimed 1.5-mile family walk, an emergency/military vehicle show, and a community gathering at the Hillview City Center. The goal of the event was to raise awareness and funds for Active Heroes, a 501c3 charity whose goal is to help end the epidemic of veteran suicide and support military families. “This year’s event with Hillview Police was incredible. In attendance we had police, firefighters, EMS responders, plus representatives from the Army and Air Force. I think the crowd loved being able to come out and show their support for so many different agencies that help keep our streets and our country safe”, said Jeremy Sneed, Active Heroes Manager of Events & Volunteers.
Close to 100 people attended the event, on what was a warm and sunny day in Hillview. Of the 100 attendees, many participated in the 5K and EMOC events. The 5K run took runners through the city of Hillview during this chip-timed race. The winners in the 5K Run were Tony Cotner and Morgan Lentes. The EMOC featured 15 different activities and workouts, and registrants could register as competitive or non-competitive. The winners of the EMOC Event were William Coleman and Jan Dykes. The event also included a military vehicle show, which included tanks from as early as World War II. Additionally, on display at the event was a piece of steel from the Twin Towers that fell on 9/11. The activities, races, and events, alongside the show made for a great morning.
After the run, walk, and obstacle challenge, there was a family friendly after-party, which featured food, drinks, and more activities. Activities included music from local singer Ray Glenn and a water balloon fight. The music was fantastic and the children, and some adults, had a blast during the water balloon fight, which was a great way to cool off. Events such as these help to build camaraderie, wellness, morale, and connect military families with supporters and their local community.
Highlights of the event can be seen in the video below:
If you would like more information about upcoming Active Heroes events, please visit activeheroes.org.