Victory Lap 5K honors veterans | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 15, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 15, 2017 at 9:43 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Although it was a brisk day for the 2017 Victory Lap 5K held Saturday at the Veteran’s Victory House, over 100 participants were warmed by the cause — a celebration of veterans on Veteran’s Day.
Following the 5K race, select residents of the Victory House participated in the Victory Loop — a heartwarming lap around the circle of veterans, many assisted by runners.
During opening ceremonies, Veteran’s House resident James Vaughan conducted the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Colleton County High School student Ethan Bennett. Pastor Daniel Cooper gave the invocation, followed by the start of the 5K race.
Top overall male runner was Shelton Reynolds (17.33) and top overall female was Mylinda O’Quinn (22:38).
The event is the Veteran’s Victory House’s largest annual fundraiser according to organizer and founder of the event Holly Mardell. “Over 100 people braved the cold and windy morning to participate in the Victory House’s largest annual fundraiser,” said Mardell. “The Victory Loop was also a huge success, and we are hoping to grow the number of veterans who participate each year.
“Also, we would like to thank the Tiger Den Pack 646 for helping with water at the turn-around point,” said Mardell.
Race participant Gale Doggette agreed it was a very cold morning — but said she would not have missed the opportunity for anything. “These veterans inspire me every time,” she said following the race. “Thank you to all the veterans for their service and God bless America.”
In perhaps the most touching moment of the day, a black hearse carrying a deceased flag-draped veteran passed under the finish line after the conclusion of the race.
Save the date for the 2018 Victory Lap 5K on Nov. 10.