A memorial run fundraiser and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, in honor of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Senior Chief Kraig M.K. Vickers, one of 22 U.S. service members killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Vickers, a 1992 Maui High School graduate and a football and wrestling standout, was a senior chief explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. His helicopter was shot down while supporting America's Global War on Terrorism: "Operation Enduring Freedom" in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan.
"The decision to hold a memorial run was made as a way to remember Kraig and to pay tribute to him and other military personnel as well, and to thank them for their service and sacrifice," said the Vickers 'ohana.
The Kraig Vickers Honor Run, a first annual event in memory of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Senior Chief Kraig M.K. Vickers, one of 22 U.S. service members killed in action a year ago in Afghanistan, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Kanahā Park.
Photo courtesy of the Vickers ‘ohana
There are two distance options available for the Kraig Vickers Honor Run--a 5K or a 3K. Both running and walking are encouraged at this family-friendly event.
The event will start and finish at Kanaha Park in Kahului along Amala Road and the Northshore Greenway pedestrian/bike path.
The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 3K at 7:45 a.m.
Registration is open to the public, and everyone is invited to participate.
Registration includes an event T-shirt, post-race breakfast, snacks and entertainment. The fees are $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 3K. Medals will be awarded three-deep in each category.
Proceeds will be directed to The Kraig Vickers Foundation to assist local military service members and their 'ohana in times of hardship, as well as to promote a more active and healthy lifestyle throughout the Maui community.
The family is partnering with Valley Isle Road Runners for the event.
Register online at www.virr.com.
If your organization is interested in assisting with this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may also be made to The Kraig Vickers Foundation through Paypal at www.kraigvickers.com or at any Navy Federal Credit Union.