USO of North Carolina to host 6th annual Boots on the Run 5K

Race honors those lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and supports those serving today

Jacksonville, NC (August 20, 2018)– On September 8, 2018, the USO of North Carolina will host its sixth annual Boots on the Run 5K, a ‘flat and fast’ race beginning and ending at the USO of NC Jacksonville Center. The Boots on the Run 5k serves as a demonstration of the community’s deep patriotism and appreciation for those who serve. Together, runners remember those lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor and those called to serve as result of that day.

Continuing a tradition started at the race six years ago, a group of local firefighters will run in full gear while carrying American flags bearing the names of those lost on September 11, 2001. This year’s race also promises to create new traditions. For the first time, “The Baton,” a baton crafted from the handle of a stretcher used to carry wounded off the battlefield, will have a presence at Boots on the Run. The Baton is carried around the world in recognition of those who have paid and are ready to pay the ultimate price to protect the freedom of others.

“Boots on the Run is an amazing event that shows our Jacksonville community’s commitment and appreciation for those who serve,” said Holly Coffer, USO of North Carolina Coastal Area director. “The race not only honors those lost, but strengthens those currently serving as a result of the September 11 attacks, by raising funds that directly support critical resources and programs for service members and their families across North Carolina’s coast.”

In 2011, the Stephen Sillers Foundation called on the city of Jacksonville, home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, to participate in a combined effort of 54 cities across the country recognizing the tragic anniversary of September 11. Camp Lejeune is a former duty station to one of the 54 fallen first responders lost on that tragic day. The USO of North Carolina was compelled to participate to honor not only those who were lost that day, but also to honor all service members who served in the wars following.

For more information or to register, visit Special rates are offered to military units and they are encouraged to carry unit colors and run in formation calling cadence.

Proceeds from the 6th Annual Boots on the Run 5K will support the USO of NC’s coastal area efforts, strengthening America’s service members by connecting them to family, home and country.

ABOUT THE USO OF NORTH CAROLINA The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of North Carolina is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of North Carolina serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S. through critical education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state, resulting in nearly 600,000 service connections each year. For more information, visit

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